Odd-Even to strike Delhi again; choice between vehicles and clean air
Despite ban of sale of fire crackers in national capital, the air quality in Delhi has so far not improved much and is getting worse with winter setting in. The government thus is contemplating bringing its draconian odd-even scheme back in place to discourage the vehicles off roads of Delhi.
In a letter written on Wednesday, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot directed the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) to gear up for implementation of the odd-even scheme — under which private vehicles with odd registration numbers will be allowed to run on odd dates and those with even numbers will run on even dates.
Weekends and public holidays are exempted from the vehicle rationing scheme.
The Minister also directed DTC to “chalk out an action plan for procurement of buses/conductors and submit the same within seven days”.
“With the increase in pollution level in Delhi the government may have to resort to emergency measures, including implementation of odd-even scheme,” the letter read.
“It is, therefore, essential that the Transport Department/DTC/DIMTS are fully geared up for implementation of the scheme as and when the same is announced,” it stated.