2 min read.Updated: 31 Oct 2019, 04:04 PM IST Written By Anulekha Ray
The odd-even rule will be applicable in Delhi from 8 am to 8 pm, except on Sundays
There will be no exemption for vehicles of Delhi government
As the air quality in the national capital begins to become worse, odd-even scheme is all set to make a comeback in Delhi from next week. Started in 2016, the odd-even scheme is a car-rationing method where cars with odd and even number plates will ply on alternate days. Kejriwal government's odd-even scheme will apply to all non-transport four-wheeled vehicles and even those coming in from other states. Reintroducing the odd-even car rationing scheme will help to reduce air pollution in the capital, said Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Rules: Starting from November 4, odd-numbered vehicles will be allowed on Delhi roads on odd dates and even-numbered vehicles will be allowed on even dates. The car rationing scheme will run till November 15. The rule will be applicable in Delhi from 8 am to 8 pm, except on Sundays. It will be the third time that odd-even scheme will come into force in Delhi.
Exemptions: Two-wheelers will be exempted. Vehicles used for medical emergencies will be exempted, said Kejriwal. "Women driving alone, cars having all women as occupants and women accompanied by children aged less than 12 years will be exempted," Kejriwal said. Vehicles carrying school children in uniform are also exempted.
There’s a long list of VIPs who will be exempted. The list includes: The vehicles of the President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, state governors, Chief Justice of India, Speakers of the Lok Sabha, Union ministers, and leaders of the Opposition of both the Houses, Supreme Court judges, chairman of UPSC, chief election commissioners and CAG, deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha and deputy speaker of Lok Sabha and lieutenant-general of NCT/Delhi and judges of high court and members of the Lokayukta. Enforcement vehicles and defence vehicles will also be exempted.
Not exempted: There will be no exemption for the vehicles of Delhi government ministers and the chief minister. Unlike the previous Odd-Even scheme, privately owned CNG vehicles will not be exempted this time.
Fine: Arvind Kejriwal government will charge a fine of ₹4,000 for the violation of Odd-Even rule from November 4. Earlier, the penalty was ₹2,000 for the violation. The hike in penalty for violation of Odd-Even scheme has been suggested by the Transport department as per the amended Motor Vehicle Act.
Cab aggregator Uber will deactivate surge pricing during November 4-15, when the Odd-Even scheme will be rolled out in Delhi. "The Odd-Even scheme is a much needed step to reduce pollution. We whole heartedly support Delhi government's move and wish it success," an Uber spokesperson said.
Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said the government will engage 2,000 private buses for the Odd-Even period for the additional load at ₹50 per kilometer.