The Delhi Chief Minister, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal ,has announced that the state government is going to implement or rather bring back the Odd-Even scheme. It will be implemented in-between November 4th to November 15th, right after the festival of Diwali.
During this period, only emergency vehicles will be exempted. Also, the scheme will not be applicable on leave days. This will be the third time that this scheme will be implemented in Delhi. The period chosen for the implementation is during the winter months when pollution levels in the National Capital Region are at an all-time high due to crop burning in neighbouring states.
In addition, the Chief Minister has also announced that the state government has come up with a seven-point action plan to tackle the pollution. These include distribution of masks, mechanised sweeping of roads, tree plantation, and special plans for 12 pollution hot spots in the city.
Under the Odd-Even scheme, the odd and even numbered vehicles are allowed to ply on alternate days depending upon the date. For instance, on November 4th, all the even numbered vehicles will be allowed to ply while on November 5th, only vehicles, whose registration number ends with an odd digit will be allowed.
On the matter of the amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act, Mr. Kejriwal said that the Delhi Government will consider reducing the fines if people face inconvenience.Traffic conditions in Delhi have improved after the implementation of the new MV Act, he said. He went on to say that, going into the future, Delhi will allow vehicles of all fuel categories to ply on its roads.