New Delhi, Nov 2: The ‘Odd-Even’ flagship scheme of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) government will be enforced from November 4 and will be in force till November 15. It will also be enforced on vehicles coming from other states . The Odd-Even scheme will be enforced on “non-transport four-wheeler” vehicles from 8 am till 8 pm, except Sundays.
As the air quality in Delhi and surrounding National Capital Region (NCR) dips below catastrophic levels, people of Delhi hope that the state government’s ‘Odd-Even’ scheme will provide some reprieve.
The scheme is Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s 7-point action plan to tackle the menace of degrading air quality post-Diwali.
The pollution levels in Delhi entered the “severe-plus” category spurring the Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority to declare a public health emergency in the Delhi-NCR region on Friday.
The agency banned construction work till November 5 and bursting of crackers during the winter season. Schools were ordered shut till November 5 as a thick grey blanket of smoke and dust covered the entire Delhi region reducing visibility and making life difficult to those suffering from respiratory illnesses today.
An Air Quality Index (AQI) between 0-50 is considered ‘good’, between 51-100 ‘satisfactory’, from 101-200 ‘moderate’, 201-300 ‘poor’, 301-400 as ‘very poor’, 401-500 as ‘severe’. Above 500 it is considered as ‘severe plus emergency’ category.
Delhi AQI was recorded at 459 on Friday. Bursting of crackers, construction work and stubble burning by farmers in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana are all to be blamed.