Delhi, India – In response to the escalating pollution levels and concerns about the potential impact of Diwali celebrations, the Delhi government has announced the Odd-Even Rule in Delhi from November 13 to November 20. The decision was shared on Twitter by Gopal Rai, Delhi’s Environment Minister.
Rising pollution levels have been a consistent challenge for the Delhi-NCR region, with air quality often reaching hazardous levels. The government’s decision to implement the Odd-Even rule comes in an effort to mitigate the impact of vehicular emissions on air quality.
Under the Odd-Even rule, specific vehicles will be allowed to ply on Delhi’s roads on alternating days, depending on the last digit of their license plate numbers. On designated Odd-Even days, vehicles with license plate numbers ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 will be permitted to operate. On other days, vehicles with license plate numbers ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8 will be allowed to use the roads.
This measure aims to reduce traffic congestion and emissions by limiting the number of vehicles on the road during high pollution periods. Delhi has previously implemented the Odd-Even rule during critical air quality situations, and citizens are familiar with its periodic enforcement.
Gopal Rai, in his tweet, emphasized the need to review the situation after this one-week Odd-Even period and assess the pollution levels to make further decisions. The Delhi government is actively working to address the ongoing air quality crisis and to safeguard the health and well-being of its residents.
— Gopal Rai (@AapKaGopalRai) November 6, 2023
The decision to implement the Odd-Even rule reflects the government’s commitment to combating the adverse effects of pollution and improving air quality in the national capital. As Delhi continues to grapple with air pollution challenges, such measures are considered essential to alleviate the impact on public health and the environment.
The Delhi government has urged citizens to support these efforts and adhere to the Odd-Even rule during the specified period. Further details about the enforcement and specific dates of the Odd-Even rule will be announced by the government in the coming days.