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Delhi Reintroduces Odd-Even Scheme to Combat Air Pollution Crisis

New Delhi, India – In a decisive move to tackle the escalating air pollution crisis, the Delhi government on Monday announced the reimplementation of the Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme. This measure, effective from November 13th to November 20th, mandates that private vehicles with odd-numbered registration plates can only ply on odd-numbered days, while those with even-numbered plates are restricted to even-numbered dates.

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai underscored the urgency of this measure, stating, “In view of air pollution, the Odd-Even vehicle system will be applicable for one week from 13th to 20th November.” The government’s decision stems from the alarming deterioration of air quality in the national capital, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) consistently hovering in the “severe” category, posing a grave health risk to its residents.

By reducing the number of vehicles on the road, the Odd-Even Scheme aims to alleviate the air pollution crisis and safeguard public health. This measure has been implemented in Delhi in the past, demonstrating effectiveness in reducing air pollution levels. However, it is crucial to recognize that the Odd-Even Scheme is a temporary solution.

For a long-term solution to address air pollution, the government must continue to pursue comprehensive strategies, including enhancing public transportation infrastructure, promoting the adoption of electric vehicles, and implementing stricter emission norms for industries. The Odd-Even Scheme serves as a crucial step in mitigating the immediate air pollution crisis, while the government works towards a sustainable future for Delhi’s air quality.

Abhi Varta
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