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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Says, Odd-Even Scheme Maybe Back If Need Rises

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| December 26 , 2018 , 16:34 IST

Amid 'severe' air pollution quality in Delhi, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal hinted on Tuesday that the state government might re-introduce the odd-even car rationing scheme if needed.

According to media reports Kejriwal said, “We're taking a number of steps like tree-plantation drives and buying 3,000 buses etc. We sanctioned one of largest metro phases yesterday. If the need arises, we'll implement the odd-even scheme. Each individual has to play a role in reducing pollution.”

He further added, “Air has no boundary. In October and November, there are 20-25 days when the pollution level increases in Delhi because of stubble burning (in neighbouring states). Until the centre takes steps, nothing can be done.”

Air pollution in Delhi has hit such a high level that the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority on Monday banned the industrial activity in pollution hot spots and construction work across Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) until Wednesday.

The Central Pollution Control Board data showed the overall air quality index (AQI) on Tuesday at 416, while the centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research recorded an AQI of 423 for the day. An AQI above 400 falls in the “severe” category.

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The Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government first implemented the odd-even scheme in 2016.

As per the odd-even scheme, vehicles with odd and even number plates shall ply on roads only on designated alternate days.