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Odd-even car policy from 13-17 Nov: Delhi transport minister

SNS | New Delhi |

The odd-even car rationing scheme will be enforced in Delhi for a five-day period from 13 November, said Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Thursday.

The odd-even scheme will be implemented from 8 am to 8 pm for five days.

The decision comes as air pollution levels have reached ‘severe’ level in Delhi-NCR region. The air quality index (AQI) at 7.30 am was recorded at 468, which was worse than Tuesday’s average AQI of 448.

While addressing a media conference here, Gahlot said that, the state government will also ensure no surge pricing of Ola-Uber cabs, said Gehlot.

Gehlot said PM Narendra Modi should convene emergency meeting of CMs of Delhi, adjoining states to discuss pollution.

“IGL stickers for cars will be available from tomorrow at 22 CNG stations across Delhi. Also extra buses are being arranged. But we will not requisition for school buses,” said Gehlot.

Under the policy, private vehicles in Delhi are allowed to run based on the last number of their licence plates. Odd-numbered cars are allowed to run on odd dates while even-numbered cars can only run on even dates.

The scheme was implemented twice in 2016 — from 1-15 January and 15-30 April.

On Wednesday, Gahlot had written to the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and senior officials of his ministry, asking them to be “fully geared up” for implementation of the odd- even scheme “as and when” it is announced.