We thank Delhi people for making Odd-even rule a success, says Kejriwal

Odd-even rule: The measure to control vehicular pollution has stared being enforced in Delhi by the AAP government

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 1, 2016 9:34 pm
odd even rule, odd even rule in delhi, odd even, delhi odd even rule, delhi odd even, odd even delhi, delhi news, delhi pollution, delhi pollution leven, arvind kejriwal, kejriwal news Odd Even rule: A car pool van branded Blue Air, stands at the India Gate during the observation of the ODD-EVEN formula in the capital New Delhi on friday. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal

The much-debated and discussed odd-even rule by the Delhi government has kicked in. Under the rule, private cars with odd-numbered registration plates will be allowed to ply on odd dates and those with even-numbered registration plates will run on even dates. The measure is being enforced to control vehicular pollution that contributes to heavy smog and bad air quality in the national capital.

VIPs such as the President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice, CMs of other states and Union Minsters have been exempted from the rule. But Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has said that he will carpool along with his ministers on these days. The rule is being enforced on a trial basis from January 1 to January 15 with Sundays being exempted. Two-wheelers and cars driven by women are also ruled out.

DELHI ODD-EVEN RULE Highlights 

8:15 pm: BJP MP Vijay Goel today said that the people in the national capital are “scared” of formula which should have been launched by the government after six months of preparation.

7:55 pm: Officials said the air quality remained “very poor” today due to atmospheric conditions that did not allow pollutants to
get dispersed.

7:30 pm: “We were expecting some teething problems from people, but we are overwhelmed with the way people have responded to
it. The result is beyond our expectations,” senior AAP leader Ashutosh, who uses the Metro often, said.

7:20 pm: Twitter proved to be a major boon for scores of commuters in the national capital today as it provided real-time information on shortest traffic routes and public transport availability, on a day when the Delhi government rolled out its ambitious odd-even scheme.

7:00 pm: Students from various schools in the national capital today took the lead in making people aware about the odd-even rules and appealed to them to “voluntarily” follow the formula rather than under pressure.

6:00 pm: Delhi government has proposed to allow the entry of trucks into the national capital from 11 PM as against the existing 9 PM in an effort to bring down pollution level.

5:55 pm: The ministers of Kejriwal cabinet used different modes of transport – motorbike, e-rickshaw, bus and car pooling to come to Delhi Secretariat on the first day of 15 days trial of odd-even formula of road-rationing in the national capital.

5:30 pm: Odd-even a ‘movement’, reassessment after Jan 15: Kejriwal

5:30 pm: Host of mobile apps such as Orahi, Ibibo Ryde, BlaBlaCar allow people to sign up and start offering or availing rides from a list of commuters going in the same direction.

4:53 pm: I support Odd Even plan. It’s imp that for short periods of time such plans must be implemented to change people’s behavior – P Chidambaram.

4:53 pm: We are doing lung function tests in 10 places: Delhi govt

4:45 pm: Delhi government has deployed around 10,000 volunteers with rose stems in their hands across the national capital to
request violators to follow odd-even rules, following the “Gandhigiri” route.

4:40 pm: ‘Gandhigiri’ was on display at 200 locations in the city with civil defence volunteers offering roses to those violating odd-even rules implemented for 15 days from today to bring down pollution level in the national capital.

4:30 pm: RK Puram PM 10 466, PM 2.5 325 micrograms per cubic metre, marginally low for this time according to scientists in #DPCC

4:20 pm: Civil Lines PM 2.5 60, PM 10 100 micrograms per cubic metre. Very low for the area according to #DPCC

4:00 pm: Mandir Marg pollution levels down. PM 10 186, PM 2.5 97 micrograms per cubic metre

3:50 pm:

3:47 pm:

12: 45 pm: Pollution monitoring in mobile vans as Odd- Even plan is rolled out

11: 50 am: Civil guards with roses monitoring the Odd-Even plan at Select Citywalk mall, Saket.

11:05 am: To know, who are all exempt from the rule, watch this video.

11:00 am: What do people think about the Odd-Even formula? Watch this video.

10:37 am: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says the response has been overall encouraging.

“Delhiites! U give me hope that U are capable of achieving big challenges,” he writes in a tweet.

“Am pooling my car n going to office with 2 ministers, my PS and my Joint Secy,” he adds.

odd even rule, odd even rule in delhi, odd even, delhi odd even rule, delhi odd even, odd even delhi, delhi news, delhi pollution, delhi pollution leven, arvind kejriwal, kejriwal news Civil guard monitoring the Odd-Even plan at Select Citywalk Mall. (Source: Express photo by Kaunain Sheriff)

10:26 am: If you are facing problems commuting today, here are a few apps that might help. Click here to read story.

10:05 am: Delhi minister Satyendra Jain has meanwhile said that he is confident people of the city will ensure the success of the scheme.

9:58 am: For the Hindi version of this live blog, click here

9:55 am: The opposition BJP has meanwhile stuck to its stand that the scheme is doomed to fail. Read the story here.

9:45 am: Here’s a picture of volunteers standing at the Delhi Noida border with flowers and posters in hand.

9:35 am: Pollution meters have been put up at several places across the city.

9:25 am: The first violator of the rule has been challaned.

Read: Happy New Odd, Happy New Even Year

9:10 am: Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra has left for the Delhi secretariat on a motorcycle. Remember, two-wheelers are exempt.

9:00 am: From what a reporter has observed, people are taking the rule seriously. Nine out of ten cars that he saw on the road today were odd-numbered. Also, the traffic is quite light owing to the New Year.

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    Rsriv
    Jan 1, 2016 at 9:00 am
    Is ther a gag reporting about the effect on the metro and buses? Because there are no reports about this, only about cars complying with the order, which is more likely due to the Rs. 2000 challan fear. Also as reported in the media real time pollution monitoring has been installed in Delhi. Where are the results from these?
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      Sirius
      Jan 1, 2016 at 8:40 am
      Well said ! This problem, unchecked migration to 6 metros from BIMARU states for economic opportunities, is not addressed by any of the policy makers or courts. Vehicular traffic increase has a very strong correlation to migration. Citizens are also at fault for they elect regressive parties to power in populous states (UP, Bihar) ...
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        Kolma
        Jan 1, 2016 at 3:11 pm
        Great job people of Delhi, volunteers, ministers, Arvind Kejriwal and all those who toiled to make this happen. I always have trust in the competency of AAP. This is of course go in history as something revolutionary. JUST IGNORE THE NAY SAYERS.
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          kawal preet
          Jan 2, 2016 at 6:44 pm
          My Name is kawalpreet Singh yeh odd even sys abulans and fire wikt k liye bahut fayde mand hai yeh kafe pehley hi suru ho Jana chiye un logo se ek shikayat hai Jo is system ko nahi mante vo rich log Jo traffic main ghanto khadhe rahte the aaj vo yeh system ko Galt bata rage hai bhai aap to body or health wise thik ho ek ghanta pehely nikal lo ghar se.
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            Satendra kumar
            Jan 1, 2016 at 4:28 am
            The trial might become a realty after implementation of odd and even rules to be on road let's wait for emission data.
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              Naveen
              Jan 1, 2016 at 12:18 pm
              K used chartered flight provided by a media channel for his travel, now preaching and encouraging common man to use public transport.
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                Naveen
                Jan 1, 2016 at 12:14 pm
                K used chartered flight provided by a media channel for his travel, now preaching public not to use car half of the week.
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                  PCKULKARNI
                  Jan 1, 2016 at 11:32 am
                  Great job AAP. Where is that Meenakshi Lekhi who arrogantly predicted that odd even formula is bound to fail
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                    Vijay
                    Jan 1, 2016 at 12:12 pm
                    Can this arrogant man take a pledge that he won't lie and speak truth at least on alternative days? Delhi and the w of India have been frustrated with the daily dose of venom from this man, the so called anti-corruption activist, but now close friend and supporter of the very same corrupt forces that looted the country through scams like 2G, Coalgate, National Herald, and Fodder.
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                      Anandan
                      Jan 1, 2016 at 8:32 am
                      Well done Delhi government.
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                        aneel
                        Jan 1, 2016 at 5:58 am
                        Mr Kejriwal it is too early to pat yourself on the back. Let's wait and see the actual results on the pollution levels and when all schools are open.
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                          Anurag Srivastava
                          Jan 1, 2016 at 5:29 am
                          Congrats 'Dill wasi'. The next step would be put a total end to the misuse of vehicles by the Bureaucrats, Ministers, Senior Companies Executives and their family members for their personal uses. Some officers in the Government are taking Transport Allowance with their ry and at the same time taking vehicle facility for commuting up and down to office. Their family members go for kitty party, marketing, paying bills and for pick-up and drop facility of their children to School and Colleges. The Biggest blacksheeps are the Defence Force personal. A drastic step in this regard will not only control pollution but the also a lot of the excequers money. In big bid companies vehicles are hired freely. The top level executives keep a number of vehicle facility at their disposal If the expenditure in this area is brought down, then not only we will controlloing pollution but also getting more taxes.
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                            Dr.Deshpande
                            Jan 1, 2016 at 4:03 pm
                            Day 1 is a g success. Many more days to go. Experimentation for 15days is scientifically correct way. We have not seen BJP and Congress bosses and their followers in a big way. With this, can we conclude that air pollution issue is important only for Delhi residents and AAP. Why politics? Only Mr Vijay Goel was seen on TV. BJP and Congress have continued their blame game. Babu's would like to on strike. Let them go on leave for ever. Delhi people and the honest professionals will manage the show for ever. There are several competent and honest people in Delhi . Though we are not from Delhi, we are watching the actions of the two major parties. I congratulate Delhi residents and salute them. AAP has done a good job but will have to wait till Jan 15th. Delhi residents will make this movement a g success. and will slap those who are against it, only for political reasons. Professor Ashok Deshpande PhD (Engineering) Founding Chair: Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing ( BISC)-SIG-EMS
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                              Ashok
                              Jan 1, 2016 at 7:05 pm
                              This is attack on freedom of peoples choice.
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                                Ashwani Pal
                                Jan 19, 2016 at 8:54 am
                                Hi my Name is Ashwani Pal, Ye odd even system ko continu...ker dena chahiye ..becouse esse sabhi ko fayada hi hai niksaan nahi ...me eske fayade gina sakta hu.. 1- Traffic ka kam hona , 2-petrol / desiel ka kam use hona , 3-car pool ke bahane purane friends se dubara se milna .. 4-pollution kam hona ETC..... i m support odd even formula ..so please conti..formula....
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                                  Paramjeet
                                  Jan 1, 2016 at 6:12 am
                                  OUR ODD CM TO NOTE BOTH ODD AND EVEN NUMBERS CARS ARE PLYING ON THE ROADS. THERE APPEARS TO BE POLITICAL CONSPIRACY BY BIP,LG AND MODI.
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                                    Karunakaran
                                    Jan 1, 2016 at 11:07 am
                                    She is actually a 60 year old Gujju female Dr from Wo-rle village surgery.
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                                      Karunakaran
                                      Jan 1, 2016 at 8:04 am
                                      The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, thinks that international relations are as simple as selling chai and dokhla at the railway stations. Unfortunately 31% of Indians have elected the uneducated dokhla-eating Gujjubhai to a major role that he is not competent to have. As everyone knows, nothing will come out of his visit - other than some headlines in newspapers. India will pay a big penalty for the dokhla-eating Gujjubhai's lack of education.
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                                        Karunakaran
                                        Jan 1, 2016 at 11:07 am
                                        he is actually a 60 year old Gujju female Dr from Wo-rle village surgery.
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                                          Damaru Prasad
                                          Jan 1, 2016 at 12:22 pm
                                          What a shame a national capital has been found polluted. It reflects on corrupt politics and insouciant planners. Congi thieves pered the nation and ped on hardship on all the front to BJP. Now here is a fraud Kejiwal enjoying media limelight and claiming he has rescued Delhi and media sees sense in it. Look how the children who are least responsible made to stand on the road. C'mon have some shame.
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                                            Dinesh Singh
                                            Jan 1, 2016 at 6:59 pm
                                            Excellent job guys keep it up. Delhi needs reduction of pollution.
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