Delhi

Govt. may lift odd-even on Nov. 11, 12

People wishing to participate in 550th Prakash Parv celebrations may face trouble, says Sikh community

The Aam Aadmi Party government on Wednesday said it was “actively considering” the Sikh community’s request to relax the provisions of the odd-even scheme on November 11 and 12.

A delegation of the religious community met Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot to discuss the request regarding the community’s wish to participate in the 550th Prakash Parv celebrations without the restrictions being in place.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had also received similar requests from around the city, read a statement. “A large number of Sangats visit Delhi during Guru Parv. If the odd-even scheme is in place during these two days, lakhs of people may face trouble. The Delhi government is therefore considering the request,” the statement added.

If the provisions of the scheme are relaxed for two days, the period of its enforcement will be reduced from 11 to just nine days. The scheme is not enforced on Sundays.

Meanwhile, the Transport Minister said that the third day of odd-even on Wednesday registered major compliance from motorists despite the city’s schools opening after being closed for two days due to air quality concerns.

He claimed that no complaints were received from any quarter about any issue related to the enforcement of the scheme.

Over 700 challans

As per government data, a total of 709 challans were issued by teams composed of Delhi Traffic Police, Transport Department and Revenue Department officials, on Wednesday. While the Traffic Police fined 406 errant motorists, transport officials issued 185 and revenue department officials issued 118 fines.

More buses

Mr. Gahlot said the public transport system would be strengthened further with Mr. Kejriwal scheduled to flag off 100 more standard-floor buses under the Cluster Scheme on Thursday. Delhiites have “accepted odd-even very well this time and less congestion due to its provisions was also instrumental in reducing pollution across the city”, he added.

“Less congestion has also helped reduce pollution since the long idling time of vehicles cause more emissions of sulphur dioxide. The air quality has improved; but this may not be solely due to the odd-even rule but it has, however, its own portion of contribution in reducing pollution,” said the Minister.

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