Vehicles of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Cabinet ministers will not be exempted from the odd-even scheme, which is set to return in the national capital for the third time from November 4 to 15. Addressing a press conference, the Delhi CM on Thursday said that the VVIPs, whose vehicles will be exempted from the car rationing scheme are - President, Vice President, PM, Governors, CJI, Speaker of Lok Sabha, vehicles of union Ministers, Rajya Sabha & Lok Sabha Leaders of Opposition, Vehicles of Chief Ministers of States & UTs.
"The scheme will also include vehicles coming from other states, and only be implemented on non-transport 4-wheeled vehicles, 2-wheelers will be exempted," Kejriwal said, adding that those who will violate the odd-even scheme will incur a fine of Rs 4,000.
This time, the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi has also included CNG vehicles in the scheme, taking lessons from last edition's sticker controversy. On the change in policy for CNG vehicles, the chief minister had said, "In previous editions of odd-even, CNG vehicles were exempt. But we observed that the CNG stickers used to denote vehicles were sold in the black market and misused by some people to bypass the scheme. This defeats the purpose of odd-even."
However, women will once again be exempted from the odd-even road rationing scheme. Keeping in mind their safety and security, women driving alone, cars having all women as occupants and women accompanied by children aged less than 12 years will be exempted from the scheme, he said.
The odd-even is Kejriwal government’s flagship scheme to combat the high-level of air pollution in Delhi. During the scheduled 12-day scheme, vehicles will ply alternately on odd and even dates as per their registration numbers. The air quality in Delhi has worsened over the last few days and is likely to deteriorate further mainly due to the stubble burning in the neighbouring states Haryana and Punjab.