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Delhi's strategy to tackle pollution: Odd even number formula for cars

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Outlining the contours of its ambitious plan to curb pollution through odd-even number plate formula, Delhi government on Sunday said odd-numbered...

Outlining the contours of its ambitious plan to curb pollution through odd-even number plate formula, Delhi government on Sunday said odd-numbered cars will be allowed to ply on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while even-numbered vehicles will run on the other days — Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.


Delhi Home Minister Satyendra Jain said the government will only allow emergency vehicles like PCR van, fire tenders, ambulances on the roads of the national capital. Jain, who is also PWD and Health minister, said there is a need to take strict measures to clean the city’s toxic air and even-odd formula will also be applicable on all ministers and bureaucrats in the national capital region.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that the government would discontinue the move after 10 to 15 days if people faced problems. “On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, odd numbered vehicles will be allowed on roads in a week. “Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday will have even numbered vehicles on roads, and we do not care about which cars belonged to whom,” Jain said.

The minister said that the government will only allow emergency vehicles like PCR Van, Fire tenders, ambulance to run on roads in the national capital. “Odd-Even formula will also be applicable on all ministers and officers. I will also use my car on alternate days and will use carpooling service on other days,” Jain said.

The minister has also sought people’s suggestions on the government’s odd-even formula. People can send their suggestions to mailto:[email protected], he said.
“Pollution level has gone up in winter in Delhi. Due to heavy smog, such a situation has emerged that people are being advised against going for exercise,” he said.

Jain also said that the government also will do something about rampant use of generators by companies in the national capital which also contribute to pollution. “We will soon discuss this issue in a meeting,” Jain said.

On December 4, the AAP government had come out with a plan of restricting private vehicles bearing odd and even registration numbers to alternate days from January 1 in the national capital. The move has evoked severe criticism from political quarters as well as general public on social media.
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