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Delhi to implement Odd-even scheme to check pollution

Snapshot: Delhi government to implement the odd-even scheme on alternate days from January 1.

The Delhi government’s plan to start an initiative “the odd-even scheme”, and to start this odd-even number vehicle scheme is one the major step to counter severe pollution levels in the city. The government announced that this initiative will be allowed to ply on alternate day from January 1. As for now, the AAP government is sticking to January 1 as the target date for the rollout, though the CM acknowledged that a series of measures are to be considered.

While this  initiative is only applicable on private cars, that means ambulance, motorcycles and other public conveyance will not be affected by it. A large number of outside trucks that enters Delhi are found to be polluting the air as they do not meet the Delhi government's ‘Pollution Under Control’ norms. So, the trucks and other commercial vehicles entering Delhi will be checked at various entry points and the timings for their entry shall also be pushed to 11 pm instead of the current deadline of 9 pm.

Talking about other initiatives taken by the government to tackle pollution, Mr. Kejriwal said vacuum cleaning on all Public Works Department (PWD) roads will begin from April 1 and grass will be planted on side kerbs and central verges of all the arterial roads to remove dust. As we know, Delhi is choked with dust, which is one of the major contributors to the pollutants.

The government had noticed that dust arises central verges and open spaces falling within the right of way of the roads and promised that the extensive horticulture work shall be undertaken by the PWD from January 1, 2016. The objective is to ensure that open areas prone to generate dust are greened and do not contribute to the dust.

Reportedly, On this Mr Kejriwal said, "We have given an in-principle approval to this plan. Many things need to be sorted out. We have to talk to the police and the central government. We will not do anything which will cause inconvenience to public," he assured and added, "We will try to implement it for a few days or a week or 10-15 days. Many kind of exemptions need to be given to vehicles like ambulances. We will discontinue it if there are major problems and we will do it again after a gap. There are several options."

As the government is coming up with this new initiative, we believe that it might work well, if other public transport infrastructure are also set up properly in order to avoid a backfire.

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