New Delhi: The ‘Odd-Even’ scheme for cars to curb vehicular pollution in the national capital came into effect this morning. Initially, the scheme will be on trial basis for 15 days.
Schools will remain closed during the period. Under the scheme, Odd number registration cars will ply on odd dates and even number on even dates. The Scheme will be in operation from 8 a.m. in the morning to 8 p.m. in the evening. However, the scheme will not apply on Sundays.
Meanwhile, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said that he was confident that people of Delhi will ensure that ‘Odd-Even’ formula turns out to be a success.
The VIPs, women drivers, CNG-certified vehicles, two-wheelers and those carrying the differently-abled are among the 25 categories which are exempted from the scheme. However, the exemption will not apply to Delhi Chief Minister and his Cabinet colleagues as they have decided to abide by the rule. Those found violating the scheme will be penalised with a fine of 2,000 rupees. Helpline numbers 011-42400400 and 011-41400400 will be available for the public for their guidance about the scheme.
The Department of Transport, Government of National Capital of Delhi, has issued orders prohibiting the parking of Odd Number non-transport four wheeled vehicles (motor cars etc.) on even dates and Even Number non-transport four wheeled vehicles (motor cars etc.) on odd days from January 1-15, 2016.
The Odd numbered non-transport four wheeled vehicles (motor cars etc.) would be allowed to park only on odd dates. Similarly, the Even numbered non-transport four wheeled vehicles (motor cars etc.) would be allowed to park on even dates only.
It has been advised that entry and/or exit of vehicles to all parking lots, either for use of general public or for staff, may be prohibited based on the restrictions imposed for the period from January 1-15, 2016.
Reacting on the odd-even scheme, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has termed the Odd-even scheme for cars in the national capital as faulty exercise saying it is bound to fail. (ANI)