As we know that the air quality is deteriorating day by day in Delhi because of the uncontrollable smog, Delhi government has taken the decision to reimplement the odd-even traffic scheme for five days, from November 13-17. Government is doing so, in order to reduce the number of vehicles on roads and bring down emission levels. In this way, we will be able to tackle the hazardous air quality index in the city.
Air pollution level in Delhi continued to aggravate from Wednesday as dense smog swamped the whole city and neighboring areas. People are advised to stay indoor, as exposure to such air might lead to life- threatening consequences.
Delhi and Punjab governments announced the complete closure of schools till Sunday, following weather forecasts that situation is unlikely to improve soon with very dense fog expected to cover many places in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, and north Rajasthan in the morning hours till November 10.
What is odd-even scheme?
Under this scheme, vehicles with odd and even numbers will be permitted to run on alternate days. Delhi government strongly believes that restricting the number of running automobiles on the roads will reduce the pollution level in the city drastically.
Will it work?
This is not the first time that Delhi government has implemented the odd-even scheme. It was priorly implemented in 2016 and it proved to be quite successful. Consequently, the government is assertive about the reimplementation of this scheme.
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Measures taken by the government to withstand the smog effect:
• Delhi and Punjab shut schools till Sunday.
• Delhi’s LG Anil Baijal bans entry of trucks in the city until further notice.
• Preparation for the implementation of the odd-even scheme.
This menace is predicted to continue for few more days until the pollution level gets stable. Till then, people are advised to wear filter masks for better inhalation of air. Take care.