Toxic smog has covered Delhi post Diwali with residents complaining of breathlessness, wheezing, and eye irritation. On November 1st morning, the overall Air Quality Index of the city was 459, which is in the "severe" category. On Thursday night, the quality of air plummeted and reached the "emergency" category. In such a situation, the residents are demanding the implementation of odd-even scheme, which will begin from November 4, to be preponed. The traffic rationing scheme odd-even allows cars with odd-numbered plates to ply on odd numbered-dates ending with 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. The even-numbered plates can operate on even numbered-dates ending with 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8. The odd-even scheme would ease the traffic conditions and help in reducing pollution. "There will be staggered timings in government offices during odd-even scheme - at 9:30 am and 10:30 am," Mr Kejriwal announced today.
Delhi Odd-Even Scheme: Dates, Timings, Fines, Exemptions - All FAQs Answered
Delhi Odd-Even Scheme Dates:
The odd-even scheme will be back in Delhi for 12 days from November 4, Monday, to November 15, Friday.
Delhi Odd-Even Scheme Timings:
The odd-even rule will be applicable in Delhi from 8 am to 8 pm, except on Sundays.
Delhi Odd-Even Scheme Fines:
Those who do not follow the odd-even rule will be fined Rs 4,000, which was earlier Rs 2,000.
The following will be exempted from odd-even scheme in Delhi:
- Two Wheelers
- Women drivers alone or with child up to 12 years of age
- Private vehicles with school children in uniform (only during school timings)
- Vehicles with person/s with physical disabilities
- Vice President
- Prime Minister
- Chief Justice Of India
- Speaker of Lok Sabha
- Vehicles of 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 (CAG)
- Deputy Chairman Rajya Sabha
- Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha
- Lieutenant Governor of Delhi
- Judges of Delhi High Court
- Emergency enforcement, defence, paramilitary and embassy vehicles
The following will not be exempted from odd-even scheme in Delhi:
- Four-wheeled vehicle driven by men
- Private CNG vehicles
- Non-Goods vehicles from other states
- MLAs of other states
Delhi odd even rule was adopted by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party twice in 2016. It was implemented for 15 days from January 1-15 and April 15-30 in 2016.