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Last Updated : Nov 09, 2017 06:39 PM IST | Source:

As Delhi chokes in smog, Kejriwal brings back odd-even rule

Under the policy, private vehicles are allowed to run based on the last number of their licence plates.

Pollution levels in Delhi have become scarier. Living in the capital is choking its citizens, one breath at a time. To tackle the rising pollution levels, the Arvind Kejriwal government will re-implement it's tested and successful odd-even scheme for five days beginning November 13.

New Delhi's Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot announced this development on Thursday. However, the minister did not announce if the government is implementing the scheme to test the waters or if it is a norm to be followed henceforth.

The odd-even scheme allows privately-owned cars to run on the roads based on the last digit of their licence plates. Cars with an odd-numbered licence plate are allowed to run on odd-numbered dates - such as 1,3,5, etc. Similarly, the even-numbered licence plate during the remaining days.

The scheme, however, exempts women drivers, two-wheelers, among others. Here's the list of vehicles that are exempted from the odd-even scheme.

The Kejriwal government had first introduced the odd-even rule last year. The government's traffic rationing move with the rule met showed encouraging results in the fight against hazardous air pollution levels.

Find updates on Delhi's pollution woes here 

The scheme was implemented twice last year, the first phase -January 1 to 15 and the second phase - April 15-30. The ruling party claimed the first phase to be a success, but blamed the failure of the second phase on factors such as 'political adversaries', 'weather' and traffic woes due to open schools. Aspersions were also cast on toxic fumes from adjoining states Punjab and Haryana.

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On Tuesday, Delhi High Court pointed stubble burning in the neighbouring states to be the main villain for the Delhi's poor air quality. Stubble burning is when farmers burn their fields after harvesting their crops, causing the air pollution to rise.

New Delhi is blanketed with thick smog since Monday evening forcing the government to shut schools till next week.

The hazardous mixture of smoke and fog has also caused many vehicle pile-ups on roads. The pollution level has crossed the Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM 2.5) permissible limit of 0-50 to 500.

(With inputs from PTI)

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First Published on Nov 9, 2017 03:54 pm

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