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Odd-even rule may be extended, says Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal   | Photo Credit: SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR

Scheme brought in to curb pollution is set to end on Friday

The odd-even scheme may be extended given the deteriorating air quality of the Capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday. The scheme, which came into force on November 4, is scheduled to be in place till November 15.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of his inspection of a newly-opened Mohalla Clinic, the CM trained his guns on the governments of Punjab and Haryana for not keeping stubble burning in check.

“Odd-even may be extended if necessary. I would like to appeal to the Opposition not to oppose the scheme,” Mr. Kejriwal said.

“The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was in the ‘satisfactory’ category till October 10. NASA satellite images show that there were no instances of stubble burning in the country till then... stubble burning started after October 10 and pollution levels in Delhi started rising all the way to the ‘severe’ category. I want to know why should the people of Delhi suffer due to this? What is their fault?” he added.

Mr. Kejriwal said he had met several experts over the past few days to explore options for optimum utilisation of stubble such as converting it into CNG. Officials from Indraprastha Gas Limited are keen to purchase the CNG generated from a stubble-converting plant established in Karnal, he said.

“Haryana and Punjab should support the establishment of such plants as there is already a buyer for the product. The farmers will earn money by selling stubble and it will all be converted into CNG,” he added.

Meanwhile, the provisions of the scheme returned to Delhi’s streets after being suspended for two consecutive days for the observance of Gurupurab.

A total of 552 motorists were fined for not following the restrictions of the scheme. The Delhi Traffic Police challaned 308 motorists; 166 fines were issued by the Transport Department; and 78 by the Revenue Department.

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