Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced that unlike previous occasions, privately owned CNG vehicles will this time not be exempted from the Odd-Even vehicle scheme from November 4-15.

However, women drivers will be exempted from the odd-even road rationing scheme which is set to return in the national capital for the third time.

“Women driving alone, cars having all women as occupants and women accompanied by children aged less than 12 years will be exempted,” he said.

The decision has been taken keeping in mind their safety, Kejriwal added.

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.

In 2015, Delhi High Court had directed the Centre and state governments to come up with a comprehensive action plan to put a check on city’s “alarming” pollution rate. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government implemented the scheme to bring down the city’s air pollution levels.