New Delhi, November 3: The odd-even road rationing scheme will be implemented in Delhi from November 4, 2019 to November 15, 2019. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stated that the move was aimed at combating high levels of air pollution in winters when crop burning takes place in neighbouring states. Under the scheme, odd and even numbered vehicles ply on alternate days starting from November 4. The odd-even scheme will return in the national capital for the third time this November. Delhi Reels Under Severe Air Quality, Thick Smog Covers Sky, Respite Likely After November 3.
The Delhi government has announced his seven-point action plan to tackle pollution. The action plan termed as 'Parali Pradushan' (pollution caused by crop stubble burning) includes distribution of masks, mechanised sweeping of roads, tree plantation, and special plans for 12 pollution hotspots in the city. Delhi Air Pollution: Arvind Kejriwal Govt Declares Holidays in Schools Till November 5.
Odd-Even Scheme Rules in Delhi
- The odd-even scheme will apply to all non-transport four-wheeled vehicles and even those coming in from other states
- During the 12-day scheme from November 4 to November 15, vehicles will ply alternately on odd and even dates as per their registration numbers.
- With the odd-even rule in place, vehicles with number plates ending in even numbers like 0,2,4,6 and 8 will be allowed to run on even dates (November 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14), while those ending in odd numbers like 1,3,5,7 and 9 will be allowed to run on odd dates (November 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15).
- This means cars with even number would be allowed to ply on the roads of Delhi on November 4, November 6, November 8, November 12 and November 14. Meanwhile, vehicles with odd-number can drive on November 5, November 7, November 9, November 11 , November 13 and November 15.
- The odd-even Scheme will be applicable in the national capital from 8 am to 8 pm, except on Sundays.
Fine for Violating Odd-Even Scheme
Any individual found violating the Odd-Eevn scheme will be fined Rs 4,000 against the previous penalty of Rs 2,000. The hike in penalty has been suggested by the Transport department in accordance with the amended Motor Vehicle Act.
Who Will be Exempted From the Odd-Even Scheme in Delhi
- Two Wheeler will be exempted from the odd-even scheme.
- Women drivers alone or with child up to 12 years of age are exempted
- Private vehicles with school children in uniform during school timings, Vehicles with person/s with physical disabilities will be exempted.
- Vehicles of VVIPs/VIPs including the President of India, Prime Minister, Vice President, Governors, Chief Justice Of India, Lok Sabha speaker, Union Ministers, Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha Leaders of Opposition, vehicles of chief ministers of states and union territories, vehicles of Supreme Court Judges, UPSC Chairperson, Chief Election Commissioner, Election Commissioners, Comptroller and Auditor General of India will be exempted.
- Moreover cars of Deputy Chairman Rajya Sabha, Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Judges of Delhi High Court, Lokayukta) Emergency enforcement, defence, paramilitary and embassy vehicles will also be exempted.
Who are Not Exempted From Odd-Even Scheme in Delhi
- All four-wheeler vehicle driven by men will not be exempted from the odd-even scheme
- Private CNG vehicles will not be exempted
- Non-Goods vehicles from other states and MLAs of other states will not be exempted from the odd-even scheme in Delhi.
In 2016, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi under the leadership of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had implemented the odd-even scheme twice that year. It was implemented for 15 days from January 1-15 and April 15-30 in 2016. According to reports, the Delhi government it is going to hire 2,000 private buses to help locals during the odd-even scheme. Also, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will conduct 61 additional trips and a total of 5,100 trips through 294 trains, reports stated. Reports inform that cab aggregators including Uber and Ola will deactivate surge pricing during the implementation of the odd-even scheme.