Delhi government led by Arvind Kejriwal has put the odd-even rule in Delhi on hold hours after NGT gave a go ahead after including women drivers and two-wheelers in the rule. The odd-even rule from 13th November - 17th November 2017 in the capital will be reviewed again on 13th November as Delhi government still believes that Odd-Even rule will bring down the alarming high levels of pollution that has been hanging over the capital for over 3 days now. For the first time women drivers, two-wheelers and VVIPs cars were included in odd-even rule by NGT. “In light of the two conditions by NGT on 2 wheelers and women, at the moment we are calling it off. We will go back to NGT on Monday, file a review petition for them to reconsider their decision regarding the two,” said Delhi transport minister Kailash Gehlot.
AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj further added, "Delhi Govt cannot risk safety of women in Odd-Even. Will not implement Odd-Even without exemptions to women".
2017 Delhi Odd-Even rules proposed by NGT:
1. As simple as it sounds, from 13th November 2017, cars and SUVs will be allowed to run across the city based on their registration numbers for five days till 17th November. Odd-even rule defines which car you can drive on a particular date. On even dates, only cars with license plates ending with an even number will be permitted and on odd dates, cars with license plates ending with an odd number will be allowed.
2. Odd-even rule will come into effect from 13th November 2017 and end on 17th November 2017. Timings will be from 8 AM to 8 PM.
3.Odd-even rule will be applicable only on private-owned petrol and diesel powered cars and SUVs. CNG vehicles are exempted from this rule.
4. Two-wheelers are NOT exempted from the Odd-Even rule and will have to follow this from 13th November .
5. School Children in uniform being driven in the car will be exempted from the odd-even rule.
6. Changing the rules from last year, Arvind Kejriwal-led govt has NOT exempted women from the odd-even rule even this year.
7. This rule will not be applicable on emergency vehilcles like PCR vans, fire brigade and ambulances. Public buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws will also have a regular day with no affect on their commute.
8. Government plans to run more buses to provide hassle free experience for commuters and Delhi Metro will increase the frequency and number of bogies during this period.
9. Violation of odd-even rule will lead to levy a fine of Rs 2000 as per the provisions of sub-section (1) of section 194 under Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.
If implemented this is the third time Delhi is seeing the implementation of this rule. The last two time when the Odd-even rule was implemented yielded almost negligible results on the pollution front. Yes, daily commuters will certainly seeing enjoy less traffic on Delhi roads and going forward with other measures like ban on construction, use of excess of water to bring down dust and hike in parking fees for vehicles will hopefully bring down the pollution in Delhi and National Capital Region.