The Delhi government’s once again implemented t odd-even scheme to curb air pollution has found new takers in Delhi. The scheme started on 4th November and end on 15th November. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had released a statement stating that restrictions will not be applicable on two-wheelers, vehicles being used for medical emergencies, for women and vehicles carrying school children. He also informed that the scheme will apply from 8 AM to 8 PM, besides Sundays.
The individual who will not abide by the rules will be heavily fined and will incur a fine of four thousand rupees. Under the said scheme, odd and even-numbered vehicles practice on alternate days. For the first time, the scheme will also include vehicles coming from other states, and only be executed on non-transport 4-wheeled vehicles.
A while back Aam Aadmi Party, leader Arvind Kejriwal had announced that the odd-even policy on the vehicle will not be applicable on November 11 and 12 for the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Arvind Kejriwal revealed the main reason for doing so was to ensure “hassle-free commute” in the national capital so that there is no trouble in celebrations of birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Ji.
As per latest development, dip in the temperature has once again brought back pollutants in Delhi air and may soon enter ‘Emergency Zone’ today, stated by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research, the government’s air quality monitor. The AQI reading in Greater Noida, Faridabad, Noida soared in the ‘severe’ zone even at 6 am.
As per the Central Pollution Control Bureau (CPCB), Delhi’s overall air quality index (AQI) read 425 at 4 pm and 437 at 9 pm on Tuesday. It was 360 at 4 pm on Monday. The increase in the pollution level has come at the time when odd-even wasn’t applicable in Delhi on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
SAFAR also evaluated that the share of stubble burning accounted for 25 per cent of Delhi’s pollution, up from 18 per cent till Monday. “No sudden recovery is expected at least for the next two days and the AQI is likely to deteriorate further towards severe-plus category by tomorrow. The condition may slightly improve by November 15.”
Recap about Delhi govt’s odd-even scheme: