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Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019

Live updates: Odd-even returns to Delhi today, CM Kejriwal carpools to office

The odd-even road rationing measure to cut down on vehicular pollution has been rolled out by the Delhi government from Monday.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Nov 04, 2019 17:14 IST
Live updates: Odd-even returns to Delhi today, CM Kejriwal carpools to office

Delhi government's car rationing scheme 'Odd-Even' returned for the third time on Monday as the national capital woke up to a thick blanket of smog and witnessed alarming pollution levels. The car rationing scheme - aimed at reducing the number of cars plying on the roads of Delhi by almost half - will apply to all non-transport four-wheeled vehicles plying on roads in Delhi.

The scheme starting today will be in force from 8 am to 8 pm till November 15 and will not be observed on Sunday, November 10. Cars with number plate ending in an odd-digit will be allowed to plied on November 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15, whereas cars with number plate ending in an even digit will be allowed on November 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14.

01:30 PM IST

AAP govt must tell how many CPCB directions on air pollution has it followed: Javadekar

Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday asked the AAP government whether it was following the Central Pollution Control Board's (CPCB) directives aimed at combating the severe air pollution in the national capital. "The Delhi government must check out the directions given by CPCB regarding pollution and should tell how much has it followed," the minister said.

01:28 PM IST

'Ready to pay the fine for violation': Vijay Goel caught in Odd number car

After getting caught for leaving his house in an odd numbered car protesting the odd-even scheme, BJP leader Vijay Goel said, " This scheme is just a gimmick, they (Delhi government) themselves say pollution is due to stubble burning, then how does this scheme help? I am ready to pay fine for violation."

01:17 PM IST

Vijay Goel's act depicts BJP's 'mentality': AAP leader Sanjay Singh

AAP leader Sanjay Singh took a swipe at BJP leader Vijay Goel on Monday for violating the odd-even scheme and stated that his act depicts BJP's 'mentality'.

"It is very unfortunate that the life of over two crore people of Delhi is in danger due to increasing pollution in the city, but rather than working to control pollution, Goel is talking about violating traffic rules. This shows the mentality of BJP," Sanjay told news agency ANI.

01:11 PM IST

Not exempted from Odd-Even, Delhi ministers pool, cycle to work

Top Delhi cabinet ministers led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were seen car pooling and cycling their way to the Secretariat as the third Odd-Even car rationing scheme kicked-off on Monday morning. The ministers from Delhi government are not exempted from the scheme.

Ministers and neighbours Gopal Rai and Satyendar Jain joined the CM from his residence, 6 Flagstaff road, Civil lines to the Secretariat at ITO. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, like previous years, cycled from his home on Mathura Road to his office.

01:08 PM IST

BJP MP Vijay Goel says he will violate odd-even, dubs the scheme as 'poll stunt'

A day before the odd-even road rationing scheme rolls out, BJP parliamentarian Vijay Goel on Sunday said he would violate the rule and alleged that it was an “election stunt” of the Kejriwal government.

“My violation of odd-even scheme of the Kejriwal government will be symbolic because it’s an election stunt and drama in view of assembly election,” Goel told PTI, adding that he would ride an odd-numbered vehicle on even day.

01:06 PM IST

Marginal change in Delhi’s air quality, still in emergency levels

Delhi continued to be shrouded under a thick blanket of smoke and dust as pollution levels continued to hover close to “emergency” levels on Monday morning even though there has been a marginal improvement since Sunday.

12:45 PM IST

Odd-even scheme begins as Delhi battles toxic pollution: 5 points

The third edition of the odd-even scheme will be carried out from November 4 to 15 barring Sunday. The road rationing scheme was introduced in 2016 in an effort to control vehicular pollution in the capital. As per various studies, vehicular emissions contribute anywhere between 20 and 30% to Delhi’s air pollution.

First published: Nov 04, 2019 12:22 IST