Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, on the 7th of November, announced the State Government is likely to lift the Odd-Even rule on the 11th and 12th of November across Delhi.
The Delhi Government is considering this in view of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Several Sikh communities and organisations requested the Delhi Government to lift the rule so they can hold celebrations on Guru Nanak Jayanti.
Arvind Kejriwal said, “We respect the feelings of the Sikh community. Many Sikh organisations have approached us. We are having a discussion and a decision on it will be taken by tomorrow (Friday.)”
The Government of Delhi, in a statement, said, “Many Sangats visit Delhi during Guru Parv. If the scheme is in place during these two days, lakhs of people may have to face a lot of trouble to travel to different parts of the City. The Delhi Government is, therefore, considering this request very seriously, so that no one has to face any kind of trouble during such a historic and important festival.”
The Odd-Even scheme was implemented on the 4th of November to control the air pollution in the City. However, on the 8th of November, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is expected to lift the rule and announce the same officially.
The Odd-Even scheme would continue till the 15th of November.
Stay tuned for further updates.