Arvind Kejriwal announces odd-even scheme for Delhi from Nov 4 to Nov 15; Nitin Gadkari says move not required

  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the people of Delhi not to burst crackers on Deepawali
  • Under the scheme, odd and even-numbered vehicles ply on alternate days
  • The Delhi government implemented the Odd-Even system in January 2016 and April 2016
  • 25% to 30% of the total pollution in the National Capital Region is due to the smoke emanating from the vehicles
  • Union minister Nitin Gadkari said the move was not required

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the odd-even road rationing scheme will be implemented in Delhi from November 4 to 15.

Kejriwal said the move was aimed at combating high levels of air pollution in winters when crop burning takes place in neighbouring states.

The chief minister 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.

Under the scheme, odd and even-numbered vehicles ply on alternate days.

The Odd-Even formula will be applicable from November 4 to 15. There will be a relaxation on holidays. At the same time, two environment marshals will be deployed in each ward to prevent the burning of garbage. He said Delhi will issue a helpline number for planting trees. A 7 point action plan has been prepared to tackle pollution.

Delhi will be pollution-free in two years: Gadkari

Hours after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the odd-even road rationing scheme will be implemented in the national capital from November 4 to 15, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said the move was not required. Gadkari claimed works underway in Delhi would ensure it is pollution-free in the next two years.

Gadkari was speaking to reporters after inaugurating a CNG outlet in Nagpur. “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. “I think Delhi will be pollution-free in two years time,” he asserted.

Gadkari emphasised the use of CNG for public transport, and said Nagpur would get several electric buses soon