Wednesday, December 26, 2018
By Manoj Kumawat
Delhi Government To Again Implement Odd-Even Car Scheme
Going through the declining quality of air in the national capital Delhi and national capital region (NCR) continuously for the fourth day has given an indication that the government of Delhi could again return back to odd-even car scheme. This was recently revealed by the Delhi Chief Minister Honorable Arvind Kejriwal saying, "If the need arises, we will soon implement the odd-even scheme in the capital." It would be interested to learn the level of pollution levels in Delhi have been rising since Diwali this year and with the regular decline in the temperature during the recent past has made the situation anxious. It is believed that the implementation of odd-even car scheme will help in combating the minimize the level of air pollution within the region.
The odd-even scheme was initiated by the government of Delhi for the first time from January 1-15, 2016 and April 15-30, 2016. According to the scheme the vehicles with registration plates ending with odd-even numbers were allowed to run on the alternate days. During this duration the vehicles were allowed to run between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, except the Sundays. The car owners breaking the rule were required to the penalty of Rs. 2,000. Interestingly, keeping the concern of commuters the government however made an arrangement of extra buses and bike taxi services for smooth transportation.
During the first phase of the scheme, the two-wheelers were exempted to follow the rule. Along with this the vehicles of VIPs, politicians, defense vehicles, vehicles of Supreme court judeges, single women drivers and drivers with the children below the age of 12 years were exempted from the scheme.
The odd-even scheme is initiated under the Graded Response Action Plan, which is a program dedicated for controlling the impacts of increasing pollution.