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.