Delhi Odd-Even Car Rationing Scheme Deferred as Rain Improves Air Quality
Rainfall Prompts Postponement, Supreme Court Questions Scheme's Efficacy
New Delhi: The Delhi government has deferred the implementation of the odd-even car rationing scheme, which was scheduled to begin on November 13, due to improved air quality resulting from overnight rain. The scheme, which allows cars to operate on alternate days based on the odd or even last digit of their registration numbers, may be reconsidered after Diwali if the air quality worsens.
The decision was announced by Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Friday, November 10. He also cited a Supreme Court observation made earlier in the day, expressing skepticism about the effectiveness of the odd-even scheme in reducing air pollution.
The Supreme Court had emphasized the need for concrete actions to address the recurring air quality issues in Delhi and warned chief secretaries to take necessary steps to prevent harm to the public. The court also noted that the odd-even scheme is expected to have a minimal impact, approximately 13%, on curbing air pollution levels.
Despite meetings taking place, the court expressed concern about the lack of tangible results on the ground. In response to the Supreme Court’s scrutiny, the Delhi government, in an affidavit on Thursday, November 9, highlighted that the odd-even scheme successfully reduced road congestion.
The government had initially announced the enforcement of the odd-even scheme from November 13 to November 20. However, it will now reassess the situation post-Diwali to determine the necessity of implementing the scheme based on the air quality conditions.