The odd-even car restrictions are likely to be lifted by the Delhi government for a two-day period starting November 11 on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti on November 12. Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot told reporters that the government was actively considering to offer relaxations, following representations from the Sikh community, delegations of which met him as well as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
“Many Sangats visit Delhi during Guru Parv. If the scheme is in place during these two days, lakhs of people may have to face a lot of trouble to travel to different parts of the city. The Delhi government is, therefore, considering this request very seriously, so that no one has to face any kind of trouble during such a historic and important festival,” said the government in a statement.
The scheme, under which cars with odd number licence plates are allowed to ply on odd-number dates and vice-versa, came in force on November 4 and is scheduled to stay enforced till November 15.
On Wednesday, the third-day of the restrictions, 709 vehicles were booked for violating the scheme till the afternoon. Of the total, Delhi Police issued 406 challans, Transport Department 185 and the Revenue Department 118, Gahlot said.
“While odd-even is one factor behind the recent reduction in pollution levels, it has also brought down congestion. That has helped bring down levels of sulphur dioxide,” Gahlot, who also holds the environment portfolio, said.
Meanwhile, the government will flag off another batch of 100 new cluster buses on Thursday, Gahlot said. So far, 129 of these standard-floor buses have been commissioned as against the plan to induct 1,000.