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Delhi’s Odd-Even Plan Returns to Address ‘Severe’ Air Pollution

On Monday, Gopal Rai, Delhi’s environment minister, declared that the Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme would return for a week, from November 13 to November 20. In an attempt to lessen the severe air pollution in Delhi, the Odd-Even system, which regulates the use of vehicles according to the final digit of their licence plates, has been implemented occasionally.

Rai’s decision was prompted by the city’s citizens’ growing health concerns and rising pollution levels. “The Odd-Even vehicle system will be applicable for one week from November 13 to November 20 in view of air pollution,” Rai stated during a press conference held here.

Under the Odd-Even scheme, vehicles with license plate numbers ending in an even digit (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) are allowed to operate on even dates, while those ending in odd digits (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) can ply on odd dates.

According to the minister, until November 10, physical classes have been ordered to be suspended in schools, with the exception of classes 10 and 12. Rai added that a call for a work-from-home policy for 50% of employees in Delhi’s public and private offices will be made at a later time.

Following a high-level meeting that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of Delhi chaired, a number of announcements were made. Rai, ministers Atishi and Saurabh Bhardwaj, as well as representatives from the relevant departments, attended the meeting.

According to Rai, the pollution level should decrease tomorrow because the wind speed is predicted to increase.

According to the forecast, tomorrow, November 7, the wind speed will be 12 km/h. If the speed increases to 10 to 12 km/h, there’s a chance that the pollution that has accumulated here may disperse. Similarly, on November 8, the wind speed is predicted to be between 8 and 10 km/h, which will lower the pollution level, he said.

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