Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, on the 13th of September, announced the Odd-Even scheme will soon be implemented again in Delhi.
The announcement was made to tackle the increased pollution due to crop burning in northern India and around states like Punjab and Haryana.
The seven point action plan of the Odd-Even scheme will help in controlling the air pollution in the City. As per the scheme, vehicles with odd numbered licence plates and even numbered plates will be allowed to ply on the roads on alternate days, thereby reducing the traffic and pollution in Delhi. In 2016, after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came to power, Arvind Kejriwal, the President of the AAP, implemented the scheme, especially when nearby states burnt crops after Diwali.
Mr. Kejriwal said, “The move is part of a seven point action plan aimed at combating high levels of air pollution in winters starting at a point when crop burning starts in neighbouring states.”
In 2019, the Delhi Government will implement the scheme only for private vehicles, both cars and two wheelers. However, there will be relaxation for people as the scheme is not applicable on weekends.
Besides, Arvind Kejriwal asked the citizens of Delhi to avoid bursting crackers this Diwali and instead, celebrate an eco friendly Diwali.
The Odd-Even scheme will be implemented after Diwali, from the 4th of November and will continue till the 15th of November.
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