Environment

Odd-Even Scheme Back in Delhi From November 13-17

The odd-even scheme was implemented twice in 2015.

The odd-even scheme was implemented twice in 2016. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The odd-even car rationing scheme will be enforced in Delhi for a five-day period from November 13, city transport minister Kailash Gahlot said today (November 9).

The decision comes as air pollution levels spiked in the national capital. Under the policy, private vehicles are allowed to run based on the last number of their licence plates.

Odd-numbered cars are allowed to run on odd dates while even-numbered cars can only run on even dates.

In 2016, the scheme was enforced twice –  January 1-15 and April 15-30.

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday sent notices to the Centre and the governments of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana for not taking proper steps to tackle the “hazard”, amounting to a violation of the right to life and health, reported the Indian Express.

In a statement, the NHRC said: “The state cannot leave its citizens to die due to the toxic haze.” The NHRC also said it has taken a serious view of the “life-threatening” pollution in Delhi-NCR.