The Odd-Even vehicle system will be implemented in Delhi for one week, from the 13th to the 20th of the current month, in response to air pollution concerns. This decision was communicated by Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai.
- The ban on BS-III petrol vehicles and BS-IV diesel vehicles will continue in GRAP-4 (Graded Response Action Plan – Level 4).
- Entry of trucks, except for LNG, CNG, and electric trucks carrying essential commodities and essential service vehicles, is prohibited in Delhi.
- Despite the measures taken, the air quality in the National Capital Delhi remains in the severe category, with the city covered in a thick haze.
- The Central Pollution Control Board recorded an air quality index of 435 at 12 Noon, reflecting the high level of air pollution.
What is Odd-Even vehicle system
The Odd-Even vehicle system, also known as the Odd-Even scheme, is a traffic management measure implemented in several cities, including Delhi, to curb air pollution and reduce traffic congestion. The system typically operates as follows:
- Alternate Days: On specific days, vehicles with license plate numbers ending in odd digits (such as 1, 3, 5, 7, 9) are allowed to ply on the roads, while on other days, vehicles with license plate numbers ending in even digits (such as 0, 2, 4, 6, 8) are permitted.
- Exemptions: The system often exempts certain categories of vehicles from the restrictions, such as public transport, emergency vehicles, and vehicles running on alternative fuels like compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Q.: What is the purpose of the Odd-Even vehicle system in Delhi?
a. To reduce noise pollution
b. To promote the use of bicycles
c. To address traffic congestion
d. To combat air pollution
Answer: d. To combat air pollution