Delhi High Court questions the 15-day duration of Odd-Even scheme

The Delhi High Court (HC) on Wednesday questioned the 15-day duration of the Odd-Even scheme implemented by the Delhi Government. The policy was formulated by the Arvind Kejriwal led government in a bid to bring down the alarming levels of pollution in the National Capital.

“Can’t you restrict Odd-even to a week?”, HC asked the Delhi government.

The court, responding to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that sought the repealing of the Odd-Even scheme, asked the government if the policy can be stopped after Friday. Further, it has asked the government to submit the data on pollution levels between January 1-7.

Despite the cooperation from the side of citizens, the policy implementation has caused a lot of difficulties for the public, the court said. Also, highlighting about the increased number of cabs on the roads of Delhi, the court asked if there is any check to know whether they are all CNG cars.

Although, the Odd-even scheme has considerably helped in reducing traffic congestion in the city, the effectiveness of the policy with respect to bringing down pollution levels still remains doubtful.

Source: The Indian Expresss, Hindustan Times

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