The Chief Minister of Delhi has a gift for the capital state of India. The odd-even scheme will be implemented from 4-15 November. The decision was taken to combat rising pollution levels during the crop burning season.
Making the announcement, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said studies have shown that the scheme helps reduce pollution levels.
The government also announced a seven-point agenda as a precautionary measure to tackle air pollution levels which are at their highest in November.
“4-15 November odd-even to be applied. The studies around this have shown that pollution levels fall. Odd and even is an emergency measure. It cannot be implemented for too long. Details will be clarified in the next few days,” Kejriwal said while addressing a press conference.
Kejriwal said that the Delhi government would continue to work with the neighboring states of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh to find an alternative to crop burning.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government has so far implemented the scheme on two occasions.
The government will announce the details of the scheme in the next few days. Senior officials in the government said closer to the day; the scheme will be finalized based on the pollution levels of the national capital.
Last week, the government had invited suggestions from residents to tackle the rising levels of pollution in Delhi. The government had claimed that pollution levels have seen a decline by 25%. The government received over 1200 suggestions.
In the seven-point agenda, the government will procure masks on a large scale and distribute them for free. The government will also start a Delhi tree challenge to increase the tree cover. It will also deploy volunteers to control the burning of wood in the winter.
“As per the Supreme Court’s direction, we want the residents of Delhi to not burn crackers. Delhi government will organize a Lazer show on Choti Diwali so that the city can together celebrate the festival,” Kejriwal said.
While the odd-even scheme and the Diwali restrictions will end, the remaining five-agenda points will form the winter action plan of the government.