NEW DELHI: Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the odd-even scheme starting from 4th November 2019 and ending on 15th November 2019 to control the severe pollutant level in Delhi's air. Now on Wednesday after more than a week of the Odd-Even scheme, the CM has announced that the Odd-Even scheme might be extended if the air quality doesn't come out of the 'Severe' tag.
According to SAFAR i.e the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research, the PM 2.5 level was 476 today that is severe.
Now, if you don't know what is PM 2.5 don't worry we got you covered. PM 2.5 is the concentration of particulate matter which can cause permanent damage to the respiratory systems. Delhi is seeing the worst pollution levels since Diwali. Crackers were not the only cause behind this but also the burning of stubble.
According to the sources, there are companies working on stubble to provide employment opportunities.
Arvind Kejriwal said:
“Delhi is the capital of the country. The image that is being sent across is not right. If necessary, we will extend odd-even. This will be monitored on a day-to-day basis, "
“We are all seeing that Delhi’s pollution was okay till there was no stubble burning in the neighbouring areas. There was a strict direction from the SC yet that is not being followed. The stubble that is left behind can be used to convert into CNG. This will help reduce pollution and increase farm income. These industries need to be promoted."
The Supreme court has issued a notice to the Delhi Government challenging the Odd-Even scheme. The Odd-Even scheme contradicts the fundamental rights as we have the right to move freely throughout the country so Delhi NCR should not be any different.
"The odd-even vehicle scheme violates the fundamental rights of residents of Delhi and adjoining states who daily commute in/out of Delhi in their four-wheeled vehicles to do their jobs/business to earn their livelihood and is ultra vires Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitution of India. "
The odd-even scheme was found out to be useless in the last few days as the pollution levels did not go any lower and it is accused of being just a political gimmick.
Extension of the Odd-Even scheme may or not may not be beneficial but it is helping in regulating the traffic. Different people have different opinions on this.
What do you think of the Extension of the Odd-Even scheme? Tell us down below.