New Delhi: With unprecedented poor air quality in the National Capital Region, the Delhi government’s Odd-Even car rationing scheme kicked in on Monday. The scheme will be in force during 4-15 November.
"Odd and Even scheme is starting from today to reduce pollution. Do follow the scheme for yourself, your child's health and your family. Car pool so that you can increase friendship, build relationships, save petrol and reduce pollution," Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on the first day of the scheme.
The scheme will be implemented from 8am to 8pm from Monday to Saturday, and any violation will lead to a fine of ₹4,000.
A look at some of the key aspects of the scheme:
Women: Cars driven by women are exempt from the scheme but should only have women and children under the age of 12 as passengers. Last week, Delhi government made bus travel free for all women in the city.
Cars: Unlike previous times, this time the scheme is also applicable on privately-owned CNG and hybrid vehicles. Two-wheelers, like last time, continue to be exempt.
Public Transport: The DMRC will conduct 61 additional trips and a total of 5100 trips through 294 trains. Delhi Transport Corporation will operate 2000 additional buses, with the number of buses deployed up 1,500 since the scheme was last implemented.
Cabs: Delhi Transport Department have issued advisories to companies such as Ola and Uber to refrain from surge pricing and to autos and e-rickshaws to avoid over-charging.
Others: Cars with physically disabled, VIPs will also be exempt. However, Delhi chief minister and cabinet ministers are not exempt from the scheme.
Cars entering Delhi from other states are also not exempt.