Delhi To Re-Introduce Odd-Even Number Plate Scheme

Senior authorities in Delhi are thinking to implement odd-even number plate scheme again in Delhi in respect of controlling the pollution. A great move has been implemented in Delhi keeping in mind the health issues of Delhiites after observing that the air quality index (AQI) of the country is in the critical condition for the fourth consecutive day as of December 25, 2018.

Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi stated in a press release while Speaking about the pollution crisis, “We’re taking a number of steps like tree plantation drives and buying 3,000 buses, etc. We sanctioned one of largest metro phases yesterday. If the need arises, we’ll implement the odd-even scheme. Each individual has to play a role in reducing pollution”.

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To curb the pollution issue, the Delhi Government had introduced the odd-even number plate scheme initially in December 2015 that was being implemented in 2016 for the first time in the national capital.

Under this scheme, the Delhi government allowed the car owners having license plates ending with an odd-even number to use the cars on alternate days in the national capital. After few days of the implementation, the scheme went to controversies due to various categories of vehicles.

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Also, the Meteorological conditions are unfavourable for the evaporation of pollutants. It is observed that the air quality index (AQI) reached 450 on December 23 in Delhi which was the second- highest during this year.

In Delhi, the odd-even scheme was initially implemented in January 2016 only for 15 days and after then reintroduced in April 2016 for another 15 days. Till then, it was on the discussion phase that is to be implemented on monthly basis.