1. Odd-even scheme in Delhi returns from April 15, says CM Arvind Kejriwal; top 10 key takeaways

Odd-even scheme in Delhi returns from April 15, says CM Arvind Kejriwal; top 10 key takeaways

Odd-even rule in Delhi: The odd-even scheme for cars in its second phase will again be implemented from April 15 to April 30, Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal said here on Thursday.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: February 11, 2016 5:29 PM
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Odd-even scheme in Delhi: While the scheme will be in full force for cars, two-wheeler riders will be exempted, says CM Arvind Kejriwal. The Aam Aadmi Party leader added that about 500 retired military personnel would be recruited to enforce the odd-even curbs in April. (PTI)

Odd-even scheme in Delhi: The scheme for cars in its second phase will again be implemented from April 15 to April 30, Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal said here on Thursday. He said the scheme cannot be implemented on a permanent basis in Delhi — home to nearly 90 lakh vehicles — till public transport was in a position to cope with all those who would take to it.

The odd-even scheme is aimed at curbing pollution in Delhi as it has soared to extremely high, even toxic, levels. However, according to certain studies, cars are not very high contributors to overall pollution levels in the city.

Kejriwal said the Delhi government was discussing whether the scheme — under which cars with odd registration numbers would ply on odd dates and those with even numbers on even dates — should be enforced every 15 days a month. “This is only under discussion now,” he said, flanked by Transport Minister Gopal Rai.

The timings of the scheme are from 8 in the morning to 8 in the night and this is in force only 6 days a week.

“If the people of Delhi cooperate, if they can bear with the difficulties for six days a month, then we can think of this.”

Arvind Kejriwal told a news conference that this was decided following feedback from the people of Delhi in the wake of the January 1-15 experiment which he and his ministers said had proved to be a hit.

“The next phase of the odd-even scheme will start from April 15,” he said, adding that two-wheelers and women motorists would continue to be exempted.

“If we implement the scheme on the nearly 30 lakh two-wheelers, there will be chaos,” Kejriwal said.

According to Kejriwal, when traffic curbs are implemented for two weeks, each category of car owners is affected only for a maximum of six days as the scheme is not applicable on Sundays.

The Aam Aadmi Party leader added that about 500 retired military personnel would be recruited to enforce the odd-even curbs in April.

He said most people in Delhi wanted exemption given to the VIPs in January to go.

Kejriwal indicated he was not ready for this.

“We will request VIPs to follow the (odd-even) system. But we will keep the exemptions. The more the VIPs follow it voluntarily, it will be good.”

Odd-even scheme: top 10 takeaways:
1. The odd even scheme starts on April 15, which is a Friday, and will be applicable till April 30

2. Cars with odd numbers will be allowed on roads between April 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29 (Sunday is open for all), while those with even numbers will be allowed on roads between April 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26 and so on.

3. The odd-even scheme will be implemented based on the last digit of the vehicle in the number plate.

4. The odd-even scheme is be applicable between 8 am and 8 pm, six days a week.

5. Sundays is free for all vehicles.

6. The odd-even scheme will not apply on women and 2-wheelers too; all CNG vehicles too will be exempt from rule – they need to get a sticker from an IGL centre; VIP cars, emergency services too are exempt. Embassy and high commission vehicles too are exempt, but some, like the US Embassy, have said they will follow the rule in letter and spirit.

7. Those caught breaking rules will be penalised as much as Rs 2,000

8. Greater number of public service buses are to be deployed; Delhi Metro is expected to increase frequency

9. Will apply to all petrol and diesel cars

10. Scheme will apply to cars coming from outside Delhi

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  1. H
    Feb 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm
    Kejriwal don't try to become smart by implementing this scheme in April. When atmosphere opens up the pollution levels will come down rapidly. Also it is understood that, majority of people who have voted in bringing back the scheme doesn't own a four Wheeler vehicle and also they are interested to reduce vehicular congestion. Yes you are a human and you can go wrong we understand it. Don't enforce your useless ideas on us.
    1. S
      Feb 11, 2016 at 7:02 pm
      It will be the most disgusting thing when the Odd even comes back without addressing the basics. There is no concrete proof thus far that the odd even scheme led to any major reduction in pollution levels. Pollution is created majorly due to two wheelers, trucks entering Delhi, factories on the outskirts and the traffic congestion points. They are conveniently ignoring these issues and targeting the easiest segment, which is the penger cars because it is not a major vote back for AAP. I'd dare them to try it out with two wheelers. Last time the penger guys somehow managed via metro and cabs but it is so inconvenient. There are not enough buses, auto wallahs work on their own terms and are not readily available, metro has not reached everywhere and cabs start charging 3x to 4x times the fare. It's totally ridiculous to bring back the scheme if the real aim is to reduce pollution, but if it's a drama to project themselves as heroes then go for it.
      1. RENU KUHAR
        Apr 19, 2016 at 7:06 am
        1. M
          Apr 17, 2016 at 5:05 am
          I am fully agree with this ODD EVEN SCHEMEI am not a AAM AADMI PARTY MEMBERbut people who are doing good we should appreciateSome people against him because they don't want any compromise to his luxury lifeI also travel from Delhi to Gurgaon and I faces a lot of traffic jam During ODD EVEN in jan 16 we feeled relax on itWe should follow - it will help to save our natural resources so we can save some OXYGEN and water to our childrens
          1. M
            Apr 17, 2016 at 5:19 am
            ODD EVEN will really help to control environment aspectThis is a good initiative to save our environment I Do not belong to AAM AADMI PARTY but good is good.
            1. M
              Apr 17, 2016 at 5:09 am
              We are saving money to our children we are making flats , houses to our childrenJust think if we are not leaving air and water to our next generation so what they will do by this moneySo my request,please keep on going the activities which are related to environment saving ODD EVEN is a start of saving environment Please vote this
              1. P
                Mar 27, 2016 at 10:21 am
                I agree hemant
                1. P
                  Mar 27, 2016 at 10:19 am
                  It's just a pain to imagine the fools who voted him. Mr. Kerjiwal does what he wants which seems to be a melodrama and is in selfpraise of the outcomes. I see havoc and pain to middlecl on experiment done to them.Rising cost of living, no change in job opportunity for the migrating potion to delhi, no change in the transport system, no change in safety of the women, no change in anyone thing which impacts a little relief to the middle cl.
                  1. T
                    Trurth Hurts
                    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:37 am
                    tupidest plan ever , people who are working , have to attend meetings , go on work related travel , have home emergencies , struggle every day and rely on there cars for a lot of commuting cannot give into such nonsense ... we cannot afford too ... !! Period !! I too love my country and concerned the air being cleaner .. but there are many other ways to curb pollution before jumping the gun and banning cars in the city ... This is another sick way of Kajeriwal to make news and gain pority by controversy ... People giving into such political idiocracy are just as foolish as the politicians and empowering them to implement more such ic rules , making life difficult for the mes who drive the economy . Politicians will make these rules only not to follow them themselves in the longer run and there will be nothing you can do about it once these ruling have been ped... Wake Up delhi !! Take control !! ... stop putting bandage and quick fix's to real problems creating more problems for working cl people ..!! India is full of such fix's .. Don't be fooled by publicity stunts to hide there true incompetence and lazy atudes ..!!! The only people will be really benefited by this policy are cops who will make a lot of money by stopping people at om check points and haring people. No matter how much the public is kept in the loop for this policy i dont think they still understand the far reaching implications it will have on the lives of a single car owners .... I am in favor of this rule only if they implement it for 15 days once in a 3 months or something .. If they are planning to make it permanent .. AAp will buy me a new car or pay me welfare to support my family ..!! And if the cops stop me i AAP party will pay that challan too .. because i will not !!
                    1. R
                      Feb 11, 2016 at 12:33 pm
                      I wonder why this Odd- Even formula applies only on that period of time, when we already know that there will be less pollution 1) Due to raise in Temp during April , Smog/ Smoke is less effective. 2) When Schools are closed in JAN , it already bought down vehicular traffic to a significant extent.
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