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To curb pollution, Delhi government proposes 'odd/even' number formula for cars from 2016

If implemented, Delhi will become first such city in India to have such a scheme and the only one after Beijing in Asia.

Saahil Menghani | CNN-IBN

Updated:December 4, 2015, 4:38 PM IST
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To curb pollution, Delhi government proposes 'odd/even' number formula for cars from 2016
If implemented, Delhi will become first such city in India to have such a scheme and the only one after Beijing in Asia.
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New Delhi: In a move to curb pollution, the Delhi government on Friday proposed a 'odd/even' number formula for cars. The move is planned to be rolled out from January 1, 2016. According to the proposal, cars with odd number plate and even number plate will ply on roads on alternate days.

If implemented, Delhi will become first such city in India to have such a scheme and the only one after Beijing in Asia. Delhi has one of the worst air quality in India. The situation becomes alarming during winters due to heavy smog.

The move came just a day after the Delhi High Court made ba scathing observation that the current air pollution levels in the national capital have reached "alarming" proportions and it was akin to "living in a gas chamber". The court directed the Centre and city government to present comprehensive action plans to combat it.

A bench of Justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva termed the action plans filed by the Environment Ministry and Delhi government as "not comprehensive" as they did not contain specific responsibilities of each authority and the timeline for carrying them out.

The court also said two major causes of air pollution in Delhi were dust particles and vehicular emissions and directed the Centre and city governments to ensure no construction of building or roads takes place without first ensuring that generation of dust was minimised.

On emissions from idling vehicles and traffic congestion, police told the court it has identified 14 areas which were seriously congested and decongested them significantly by deploying more personnel and putting up plastic bollards to segregate carriageways and regulate flow of traffic.

It also directed the Delhi government to ensure that garbage and leaves are not burned by people in the open, as was directed by the National Green Tribunal, and directed the city administration to publicise in print, audio and visual media that such practices are prohibited.

The court directed the city government to seek action taken reports from sub-divisional magistrates and tehsildars who have been tasked with carrying out surprise inspections with regard to dust generation from construction sites and burning of leaves and garbage.

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