Persons with disabilities will be exempt from Odd-Even scheme, said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday.
Kejriwal made the announcement in response to a question posed by Kargil War veteran Major DP Singh.
Sharing on Twitter news about women drivers being exempt from the Odd-Even scheme, Major Singh had asked the Chief Minister, “How about persons with disabilities?”
“I am an amputee and can’t sit in Metro with (an) artificial leg due to ill-designed seats. So would be (the) bus ride for me due to pushes and pulls. (The) only option is my own car. What do I and many like me do?” Singh had asked.
Responding to the question, Kejriwal tweeted: “Yes…persons with disabilities will definitely be exempt during Odd-Even.”
Meanwhile, women drivers have been exempted from the odd-even road rationing scheme which is set to return in the national capital for the third time from November 4-15.
“Women driving alone, cars having all women as occupants and women accompanied by children aged less than 12 years will be exempted,” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday.
However, unlike previous occasions, privately owned CNG vehicles will this time not be exempted from the Odd-Even vehicle scheme.
A decision on whether two-wheelers should be exempted from the scheme or not is yet to be taken and the AAP government is still consulting experts on the matter.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on September 13 announced the Odd-Even vehicle scheme to tackle the rising menace of air pollution around the time of Diwali.
The Odd-Even scheme was first implemented by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on 1 January 2016 as an anti-pollution measure for the first time in India’s history.
Under the Odd-Even vehicle scheme, vehicles are allowed to ply across the city based on the last digit of their registration plates. Private cars registration plates ending with odd number are allowed to ply on odd dates and those ending with even numbers on even dates.