As the Odd-Even scheme kicks in on Monday, the Delhi Police swung into action with the first fine levied upon a Delhite travelling in a car bearing an odd-number-ending license plate. Visuals show the police officers printing a challan as the passenger looks on. The Odd-even scheme is in operation till November 15.
Another traveller who was fined for using an odd-numbered vehicle near ITO claimed that he was unaware of the Odd-even scheme being in effect on Friday. He said, "I live in Noida, I had come for some work last night. I was not aware of the fact that the Odd-Even scheme is coming into effect from today," to reporters near ITO.
Under the scheme, apart from exempted categories, only those non-transport four-wheeled vehicles will ply on the roads which have registration numbers ending with an even digit. Violations of the odd-even rule will invite a fine of Rs 4,000. Under the scheme, which is now implemented and will be in place till 8 pm, non-transport four-wheeled vehicles with registration numbers ending with an odd digit (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) will not be allowed on the roads on November 4, 6, 8, 12 and 14. Similarly, vehicles with registration numbers ending with an even digit (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) will not be allowed on the roads on November 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15.
The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of the city at 7:30 am stood at 439, which falls in the "severe" category. An AQI between 0-50 is considered 'good', 51-100 'satisfactory', 101-200 'moderate', 201-300 'poor', 301-400 'very poor' and 401-500 'severe'. An AQI above 500 falls in the 'severe plus' category.