CM Arvind Kejriwal said Odd-Even scheme might get back if required: As we all know the worsening condition of air in Delhi is increasing day by day and the air pollution in national capital has touched ‘severe’ category. By seeing the seriousness on this matter, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that the vehicle allocating scheme which is popularly known as Odd- Even scheme, may be executed if obligatory. Since Diwali festival, the city is facing its worst pollution disaster.
Odd-even may be back in Delhi, says CM Arvind Kejriwal
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said to news agency, “We’re taking a number of steps like tree plantation drives and buying 3000 buses etc. We sanctioned one of largest metro phases yesterday day. If the need arises, we’ll implement the Odd-Even scheme. Each individual has to play a role in reducing pollution”
In the Odd-Even scheme the cars with licence plates winding up with an odd number and even number are permitted to practice on alternating days. The scheme is also a part of the Supreme Court-enforced Graded Response Action Plan (Grap) and was first implemented in the year 2016. The scheme got into arguments over exemptions settled to various classifications of vehicles.
Under this scheme, extreme actions such odd-even road allocating scheme, ban on entry of trucks and closing of schools are applied when the ‘severe plus’ level of pollution continues for 48 hours.
The ‘severe plus’ levels is considered to be a disaster and is an emergency situation. This situation arises when the Air Quality Index (AQI) breaks 500 which is considered to be the highest rate on the scale.
The authorities said that Delhi’s air quality continued in the ‘severe’ level for the fourth successive day on Tuesday as atmospheric situations sustained to be adverse for dispersal of pollutants.
While the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) statistics displayed the complete air quality index (AQI) at ‘severe’ level of 416, the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR) note down an AQI of 423.
The CPCB statistics showed that around Twenty five areas in Delhi documented severe pollution stages, while on the other hand nine areas recorded very poor air quality,.
In the NCR, places such as Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Noida note down severe pollution while Gurgaon recorded ‘very poor’ quality air.
The CPCB also said that the complete PM2.5 level was noted at 271 and the PM10 level at 422 here. Further on Saturday, Delhi’s air quality had turned to ‘severe’ condition. Later on Sunday the national capital noted its second maximum pollution level of the year with an AQI of 450.