Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal on November 18 said that the Odd-even scheme is no longer required further as the weather of the capital has cleared up.
The third edition of the Delhi Odd-even scheme, which was implemented from 4th November, came to an end on 15th November. Kejriwal in a press conference said, “There is no longer need of the Odd-even scheme now as the skies have cleared up.”
The Odd-even scheme prohibited the functioning of private vehicles based on the last digits of their registration numbers. Vehicles with even digits were only allowed to ride on even days, and those with odd numbers on odd days.
There were speculations that the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal might extend the Odd-even road rationing scheme if the pollution level in the national capital did not reduce.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board data, the national capital saw 5 days each of very poor and severe air quality. On November 12, the AQI entered the severe zone (425) and has continued to deteriorate further, PTI reported.
The Supreme Court on November 15 said that the Odd-even scheme was not the only solution to control the severe pollution level in Delhi.
Kejriwal has repeatedly blamed neighbouring states Haryana and Punjab for burning the crop residue leading to repeated episodes of smog in Delhi and adjoining areas. He said that these states are disregarding strict directions from the Supreme Court and this has hit Delhi’s image worldwide.
This was the third edition of the Odd-even restrictions, a flagship scheme of the AAP government on private vehicles in Delhi. The first two versions of the initiative were introduced in 2016.
(with inputs from ANI)