Delhi has 90 lakh registered vehicles, almost a third of them are cars

PTI
The Aam Aadmi Party government on Tuesday announced that the odd-even rule for cars starting January 1 will be based on odd and even days of the month.For instance, cars bearing number plates ending in odd numbers would be allowed on cars on odd dates like January 1, 3 and 5, while even-numbered cars can ply on even dates like January 2, 4 and 6, Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai said.Rai further said that the restrictions would be in place from 8am to 8pm. dna was the first to report that the odd-even car rule will be applicable only during the peak traffic hours of the day, instead of all 24 hours.The minister also clarified that no restrictions would be in place on Sundays.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Addressing the press, Rai said they would assess the system on January 15, after collecting air samples from 200 spots, following which further decisions would be taken.The minister said the government is contemplating on those who can be exempted from the rule, including two-wheelers, emergency vehicles as well as women, and come up with a decision in the next few days, while the complete blueprint of the plan would be ready by December 25.The Delhi government said it had held detailed discussions with Delhi Traffic Police and Delhi Metro for coordinating the exercise.Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will hold a further review meeting of all departments on December 10. The Delhi announced the odd-even formula in response to judicial warnings of rising air pollution, and after the Delhi High Court said that Delhi was becoming a “gas chamber”.Rai said 1,000 low-floor buses would be bought to meet the shortage of more public transport when the number of vehicles go down from January 1.Delhi has nearly 90 lakh registered vehicles, almost a third of them are cars.Rai further said a closure notice will be sent to NTPC’s Badarpur power plant in the next seven days. Talking to dna, a senior from NTPC said, “We are yet to receive an official communication from the Delhi government in this regard. Only after that, we will be able to decide on the next course of action.”

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Delhi’s ‘odd even rule’ for cars to be date-based