The Delhi government’s ongoing road rationing or widely known as the Odd-Even scheme to tackle air pollution will not be applicable today and tomorrow on account of the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev.
The decision has been taken so that devotees don’t face any traffic-related issues as they travel to offer prayers at Sikh temples or gurdwaras. The Delhi Police have issued a traffic advisory advising commuters to avoid certain roads today which fall on the route of ‘Nagar Kirtan’ procession.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led government announced the Odd-Even scheme starting November 4 to 15 between 8 am and 8 pm. Vehicles with registration numbers ending with even digits — 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 — are allowed to run on even dates, and those ending with odd numbers 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 will ply on odd dates.
Two-wheelers and electric vehicles have been exempted from the restrictions, but not CNG vehicles. Cars being driven by women with children aged up to 12 years and occupied by physically-disabled persons will also be exempted. Twenty-nine categories of vehicles, including those of president, prime minister, emergency and enforcement vehicles, have been exempted.
This is the third edition of the Odd-Even restrictions on vehicles in Delhi, with the earlier two being in 2016.