Friday (September 13): Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced today that odd-even road rationing scheme will be implemented in Delhi from November 4 to 15. He said the move was aimed at combating high levels of air pollution in winters when crop burning takes place in neighbouring states.
Under the scheme, vehicles with odd and even number ply on alternate days.
Mr. Kejriwal announced his seven-point action plan to tackle pollution due to crop burning which includes distribution of masks, mechanised sweeping of roads, tree plantation, and special plans for 12 pollution hot spots in the city.
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways opposed the move:
Responding to the Delhi CM’s decision of bringing back the ‘odd-even’ scheme, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Mr. Nitin Gadkari said the move was not required.
“Now there is no such need (odd-even scheme) because the new ring road we have built is helping reduce pollution in Delhi to a certain extent. Besides, my ministry is pursuing road works of about Rs 50,000 crore. Cleaning of Yamuna and other works to curb pollution are also underway,” he said while speaking to reporters after inaugurating a CNG outlet in Nagpur.
He assured that Delhi will be pollution free in two years time.