Delhi to Return with Odd-Even Rule Post Diwali

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the Odd-Even vehicle rationing plan will be back in Delhi between November 4 and 15 to tackle pollution during winter.

The Chief Minister said that the move is a part of a seven-point action plan aimed at combating high levels of air pollution in winters starting at a point when crop burning starts in neighboring states.

However, the Chief Minister did not give any details of exemptions planned under the scheme this time saying that they will take into consideration all findings from the previous Odd-Even experience.

The action plan also includes anti-pollution masks, a tree plantation drive and mechanized sweeping of roads, Kejriwal said.

Studies have found that New Delhi is the world’s most polluted capital city, with vehicle and industrial emissions, dust from building sites, and smoke from the burning of rubbish and crop residue in nearby fields.

The announcement has come a day after environment experts recommended the rationing and use of face masks as short term measures to fight pollution during the winter months when the air quality in Delhi dips to alarming levels.

In order to combat the winter air pollution action plan, Kejriwal met environment and sustainability experts so that the city is prepared to tackle the pollution levels.

Delhi also experimented Odd-Even plan earlier that allows private cars and motorbikes with odd or even numbers to ply alternate in alternate days, though opinion is divided on the gains, if any, from the rationing system.

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