DELHI: It’s time for round three of the Odd-Even road-space rationing scheme first brought in last year by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) -led Delhi government, as Delhiites choke on toxic air.
The Odd-Even plan will be in place for five days starting Monday, November 13, reports Business Standard.
According to Safar (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research), Delhi’s air quality is forecast to be “severe” on November 10, with PM10 at 895 microgrammes per cubic metre and PM2.5 at 546 microgrammes per cubic metre — these are ultrafine particulates that have the ability to enter the respiratory system and subsequently the bloodstream of humans and animals, causing harm. Tomorrow’s air quality forecast is also “severe”, as is the forecast after three days from now.
The announcement of the third phase of the Odd-Even plan from November 13 to 17 was made by Delhi’s Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot at a press conference on Thursday.
He said the modalities of the scheme, under which private four-wheeled vehicles with odd and even registration numbers were allowed to run on alternate days from 8 am to 8 pm, would be the same as the previous phases.