Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that no relief would be extended to privately owned CNG vehicles under the odd-even scheme though women would be exempted from the scheme. The odd-even road rationing scheme will come into effect in Delhi from November 4-15 as the government looks to measures to combat high-level of air pollution caused due to stubble burning in neighbouring states during winters.
Women drivers will be exempt from the restrictions, which will be enforced from 8 am to 8 pm, due to safety reasons, the chief minister announced at a press conference this afternoon. “Women driving alone, cars having all women as occupants and women accompanied by children aged less than 12 years will be exempted,” he said.
The odd-even, a flagship scheme of Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, is an effort to control the pollution levels in the capital, was first introduced in Delhi in 2016.
Delhi is the world’s most polluted capital city, according to several studies, with vehicle and industrial emissions, dust from building sites, and smoke from the burning of garbage and crop residue in nearby fields. The air pollution level in Delhi remains low in 11 months of a year but picks up in November due to stubble (parali) burning in the neighbouring states. Dense cloud of smoke covers Delhi, which becomes a gas chamber, Kejriwal had said.