Delhi government plans to implement odd-even rule every month: CM

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Stating that 15 days are not enough to slash the pollution levels in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the Delhi government is seriously considering to bring in the add and even rule once every month.

“This will help reduce pollution and congestion,” he said and declared that the government will take all steps necessary in this direction.

Expressing his pleasure over the cut in petrol and diesel sales by 40 percent during the period when the odd and even rules was first implemented, Kejriwal said, “CNG, hybrid and electric vehicles, women, medical emergency, parents with school kids in uniform will be exempt. But after parents drop their kids to school/home, they will not be exempt.”

The second phase will be implemented from April 15 to April 30. “Though people will be inconvenienced every 15 days, they will be free practically for the rest of the month,” he said.

Asked if other ideas such as stretching the duration of the scheme were being planned, he said, “We will think about it later. But now the scheme must be implemented for 15 days every month.”

Kejriwal said the Delhi Cabinet, including himself, will not be exempt from the rule. The violators would be fined Rs 2,000.

Besides volunteers, 400 ex-servicemen and 1,000 civil defence volunteers would be roped in to assist traffic police personnel in implementing the scheme.