India’s national capital is giving the ‘odd-even’ scheme another go to battle air pollution

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India’s national capital is giving the ‘odd-even’ scheme another go to battle air pollution
Arvind Kejriwal, CM of Delhi, announces details for new odd-even schemeIANS
  • India’s national capital is implementing the ‘odd-even’ scheme to battle the city’s rising air pollution.
  • The scheme will be in effect from 4 November 2019 to 15 November 2019.
  • Anyone found skirting the law will be fined ₹4,000.
India’s national capital Delhi is no stranger to air pollution. In fact, it’s one of the most polluted cities in the world.

The city’s local government is implementing the ‘ odd-even’ scheme, yet again, to try and battle the growing environmental threat.

Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi’s chief minister, announced that the odd-even scheme will be in effect from 4 November 2019 to 15 November 2019.

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He also clarified that it will also apply to Delhi’s ministers and chief ministers. On the other hand, women-only vehicles, two-wheelers and cars carrying school children in uniform will be exempted.

Violation of the rules under the odd-even scheme will result in a ₹4,000 fine for the offenders.

Delhi is not the only one at fault

According to Kejriwal, the rising level of air pollution in Delhi can’t be wholly be blamed on the city. The crop burning after the harvest season in neighboring states is also a contributing factor.
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"It is unjustified to only blame the residents of Delhi," he stated.

He also said that the SAFAR reports stating that only 10% of Delhi’s air pollution comes from stubble burning as inaccurate. This is because the right equipment to measure air quality and its sources accurately are still being imported and not currently in place, according to him.

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