Delhi Govt gears up for odd-even to combat Delhi pollution

Delhi Govt gears up for odd-even to combat Delhi pollution

Agency News

New Delhi, Nov 3: Delhi Government is gearing up to implement odd-even scheme to combat Delhi pollution, which was reluctant not subside even after a Sunday morning rain.

Arvind Kejriwal shared the Delhi Transport minister Kailash Gehlot’s Twitter message on Sunday: “Gearing up for Odd Even: Training and briefing of around 5000 Civil Defence Volunteers is being conducted today in all Revenue Districts in Delhi. DM, ADM, SDM, Thesildars along with Wardens and Chief Wardens of all Districts are participating in this program.”

Meanwhile, Kejriwal asked the Centre to take immediate measures for Delhi pollution, and said they will support them in all the initiatives.

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Mr Kejriwal said,'Pollution has reached unbearable levels across North India. Delhi government taken many steps. Delhiites have made many sacrifices. Delhi suffering for no fault of theirs. Punjab CM also expressd concern. Centre shud take immediate steps to provide relief. We will support Centre in all initiatives.'

According to AQI recorded at 1400 hrs on Sunday, several areas of Delhi have reached the 999 mark, which is in the 'Hazardous' category.

"All experts are saying that pollution from stubble burning is coming to Delhi, due to which there is pollution everywhere. We don't want to do any blame game, there should be no politics at this stage.

All governments should come together & discuss the issue,' Mr Kejriwal said.

Thirty-two flights were diverted from Delhi airport on Sunday, due to low visibility caused by pollution, the airport officials said.

In an effort to combat the growing pollution levels the Delhi government will restart the 'odd-even' plan from Monday.

"I request all of you to follow the odd-even scheme. I will also follow it,' the CM said.

Mr Kejriwal on Friday had announced that the schools in Delhi will remain closed till November 5.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted,'Fake letter circulating on social media regarding school college closure till November 8. So far schools have been closed till November 5; any further decision shall be communicated through proper channels only. All are advised not to believe on such fake letters or news.' (UNI)