New Delhi / CM Arvind Kejriwal says Delhi weather better now, won't extend odd-even scheme

India Today : Nov 18, 2019, 01:51 PM

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says there's no longer a need for an odd-even scheme as the weather in the capital has cleared up.

The road-rationing rule came into effect on November 4 as Delhi's air quality reached "severe" levels, and ended on November 16.

Chief Minister Kejriwal had said a decision on extending the measure would be taken on November 18.

The odd-even rule was lifted on November 11 and 12 to ensure hassle-free commute on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

The scheme was first introduced between January 1-15 in 2016 and implemented again between April 15-30 that same year.

The rule was exempted on two Sundays each in the first two editions.

The Supreme Court said on Friday that the odd-even scheme "may not be a permanent solution, especially when the CPCB says cars constitute 3 per cent of pollution levels."

"Garbage dumping, construction wastes and road dust are also major contributors to pollution levels," the court said.