Government To Implement Odd-Even Formula to join battle against pollution

Last Updated: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 03:12
Government To Implement Odd-Even Formula to join battle against pollution
Residents of Delhi-National Capital Region continue to battle dense smog. The Aam Aadmi Party led Delhi government has decided to implement the odd-even car rationing scheme for five days- from November 13 to November 17.

There has not been any official statement confirmation yet but Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal retweeted a tweet of a news channel that reported that odd-even will be in place for these five days.

This will be Delhi`s third tryst with the Odd-Even plan after it was first implemented for 15 days on January 1 of 2016 and then again on April 15 of the same year. Back then, several exemptions were made during both rounds - especially for two-wheelers, CNG cars and women drivers driving alone or with children and/or children.

Currently, there is no update on whether the same or any exemptions will be made in the third round but it is learnt that Transport Minister Ashok Gehlot will address the media at 1630hrs with the details.

While the AAP government has repeatedly claimed that it has managed to bring down pollutants in the air, environment experts say a number of factors decide the level of contaminants in the air. Most, however, agree that the traffic management plan eases road congestion and its implementation does more harm than good.

Delhi has one of the highest motor vehicles` density in the country and entry of heavy vehicles from other states leads to not just congested roads but higher pollution levels. While the entry of trucks, barring those carrying essential commodities, was banned on Wednesday, the current situation is being primarily blamed on stubble burning in adjoining states and prevailing weather conditions. Odd-Even road management though may still manage to create some level of positive impact.

On Thursday, Delhi`s air quality remained in the ‘severe’ category in several parts of the city. The visibility dipped also affected train movement with 41 trains reportedly arriving late and 10 cancelled so far.
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