On Monday, Madhya Pradesh Environment Minister Sajjan Singh Verma hinted that the Odd-Even scheme enforced in the national capital could be implemented in MP as well. He opined that it would help curb the increasing pollution in the state. Moreover, he suggested additional measures to curb pollution such as the Centre putting a ban on the sale and purchase of vehicles.
Sajjan Singh Verma remarked, “To curb the rising pollution in Madhya Pradesh the 'Odd-Even' formula could be applied here as well.” Speaking about other measures to curb pollution, the Madhya Pradesh Environment Minister added, "The central government should put a stop on the sale and purchase of vehicles."
The Odd-Even scheme is a traffic rationing measure by the Delhi government led by Arvind Kejriwal under which private vehicles with registration numbers ending with an odd digit will be allowed on roads on odd dates and those with an even digit on even dates. Applicable in the national capital from November 4, it will be enforced until November 15 from 8 am to 8 pm. The government has announced that the scheme would be applicable to vehicles coming from other states as well. There is a huge list of exemptions as well such as women-driven vehicles, vehicles ferrying school children, two-wheelers, ministers of the Central government and the President. However, the Delhi Cabinet is adhering to the Odd-Even rules. Fines are being imposed on those violating these rules.
Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi has relaxed the Odd-Even restrictions for two days beginning Monday. The celebrations of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak was a big factor in this decision. Speaking at a press conference, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal revealed that the intention behind the move was to ensure that people did not face any disturbance in their celebrations.