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Odd-even rule back in Delhi after pollution hits record levels

After the Air Quality Index (AQI) hit 500 in Delhi and with meteorologists predicting that the high pollution levels will continue in the coming day, the Delhi government has decided to bring back the odd-even rule in Delhi. This rule will be enforced from coming Monday, November 13 and remain in force for five days till November 17. The Delhi government has also decided that cab aggregators such as Ola and Uber will not be able to use surge pricing during these five days. This is being done to encourage people to use public transport options such as shared cabs, buses, and metro. The Delhi government has requested all people that they should make full use of public transport and cooperate in the odd-even rule. It may be recalled that the odd-even rule was implemented earlier also and it had shown tangible results, with a significant decline in pollution levels.

Under the odd-even rule, cars with odd and even numbers will be allowed to ply on alternate days. However, certain vehicles would be exempted such as CNG vehicles, electric cars, hybrid vehicles, women-only vehicles and vehicles used by schools to ferry children under 12. The odd-even rule is part of the Graded Response Action Plan designed by the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA). However, resistance has already started building against the odd-even rule, as some people are saying that vehicular emission is not causing the high pollution level in Delhi. Some people also said that this was just a knee-jerk reaction and that the government should be looking at comprehensive measures that can bring long-lasting results.

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