All about Delhi’s #OddEven policy and anti-pollution measures

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A smog engulfs India Gate in New Delhi,
A smog engulfs India Gate in New Delhi

 

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, clearing the air of confusion around #OddEven policy, has come up with a concrete action plan. Health Minister Satyendar Jain will coordinate the anti-pollution project. During the review meeting on the preparation for implementation of the action plan to control air pollution in Delhi. The following key issues were finalized:

Air samples: Delhi Pollution Control Committee will collect air samples from 200 locations across the national capital. These samples will be analysed to determine air quality. Government will set-up display boards at these locations so that the locals know about the air quality.

#OddEven Policy: From 1st to 15th January, Delhi will opt for an #OddEven model. In this first phase, the vehicles with odd-even registration numbers will ply on Delhi roads. The decision to extend or reimplementation will depend on the impact on air pollution and lives of people during the first phase.

Odd-even vehicles will ply on roads according to dates. For example – vehicles ending with odd numbers will ply on 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and so on. Similarly vehicles with even numbers will ply on 2nd, 4th, 6th 8th and so on. It will also extend to the two-wheelers in the city.

Timing: The timing for odd-even vehicles will be from 8 AM to 8 PM. This might prove to be a big relief for Delhi residents as beyond the restricted hours they can use their vehicles without any restriction. Sundays will be free days, which mean all vehicles can ply on Sundays.

1000 Cluster Buses: Department of Transport is required to put 1,000 cluster buses on roads within three months.

Thermal Power Plants: In order to reduce the levels of pollution in the city, notices have been issued to Badarpur and Rajghat thermal power plants in Delhi to shut down operations within seven days.

Along with this, the Delhi Government has said that civil defence volunteers will be engaged in  large numbers to help the Traffic Police in implementing the anti-pollution project.

The meeting was attended by all the ministers, and stakeholders, including the Delhi Traffic Police and DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation), PWD, DIMTS, and senior officials of the Delhi government, along with the Delhi Dialogue Commission.

However, clarity on the penalty clause for defaulters and exemption is expected to come only by 10 December, when the Government will sit for a second round of review meetings.