New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday (November 7) pulled up the Delhi government over rising levels of air pollution in the national capital. The SC said, schemes like odd-even for vehicles to tackle pollution issue are “mere optics”.
As Delhiites struggle to breathe, given the toxic smog that has engulfed the city and its neighbouring areas, the Delhi government had decided to implement the odd-even scheme from next week. During a press conference on Monday (November 6), Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai had said that air pollution may increase after Diwali (November 12),
In view of this, it has been decided that odd-even will be implemented in Delhi from 13 November to 20 November. It will be reviewed after a week.
दिल्ली में बढ़ते प्रदूषण को देखते हुए दिल्ली सरकार का महत्वपूर्ण फ़ैसला –
दिल्ली में दिवाली के बाद प्रदूषण बढ़ सकता है
इसके मद्देनज़र फ़ैसला लिया गया है कि दिल्ली में 13 November से 20 November तक Odd-Even लागू होगा
एक हफ़्ते बाद इसकी समीक्षा की जायेगी
— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) November 6, 2023
Know All About Odd-Even Scheme:
- Under the odd-even system, vehicles with plate numbers ending in an even digit (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) are allowed to operate on even dates, while vehicles with registration numbers ending in odd digits (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) can run on odd dates.
- During the restricted week, cars will be allowed on the roads only between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The odd-even rule applies to vehicles of other states too.
- Mr Rai added that the government is making special arrangements for the ease of commuters and said, “Over 7,000 buses are running in Delhi, out of which 1,000 are electric. The frequency of buses and metros has also increased.”
The ‘odd-even’ was first introduced in 2016 by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to control vehicular pollution and bring down increasing particulate matter levels.
The jury is still out on the effectiveness of the Odd-Even scheme. A study by IIT-Delhi researchers found that the rationing of vehicles on Delhi’s roads reduced air pollution by two to three per cent when the scheme was first introduced in January 2016.
The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and Evidence for Policy Design had analysed the impact of the odd-even system in 2016 and found that Delhi saw a 14-16 per cent reduction in PM2.5 levels during the hours it remained in force in January that year. However, there was no reduction in pollution when the scheme was brought back in April that year.
Following the Supreme Court order, Minister Gopal Rai said that the government will incorporate the court’s suggestions in the detailed planning. He said,
The government has taken the decision to implement the Odd-Even Vehicle Scheme, and regarding that, we have seen a few observations in the media. After that, we have decided that, after studying the Supreme Court’s order, we will make detailed plans, and then we will inform you all. We will incorporate the orders of the Supreme Court in the detailed planning.
The government had taken the decision to implement it on November 13, but now, after studying the Supreme Court’s order, tomorrow we will inform the details.
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