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Twitteratis Share Mixed Opinions Over Odd-Even Scheme

The odd-even scheme in Delhi has led to a mixed reaction by citizens over social media platforms

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Netizens share their mixed reaction over the odd-even scheme by AAP government in Delhi. Pixabay

Twitterati are divided over implementation of the odd-even scheme in the national capital on Monday by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to tackle air pollution after Diwali.

“Dy CM @msisodia cycled today to work to Delhi Secretariat, ITO, from his residence near the Supreme Court, with a message to Delhi – Please follow #OddEven, for yourself, not because the govt has enforced it,” a user wrote.

“Burning of straw in Punjab and Haryana has increased pollution in Delhi, due to which Delhi @ArvindKejriwal government has implemented #OddEven,” another user noted.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also took to the Twitter to urge people to follow the new rule. “Hello Delhi! Odd Even is starting from today to reduce pollution. Do follow Odd Even for your health, your children’s health and your family’s breath. Share car, this will increase friendship, build relationships, save petrol and reduce pollution. Delhi will show it again,” he tweeted.

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The odd-even scheme in Delhi has attracted differing opinions. Pixabay

“Meanwhile, Delhi CM to combat Delhi Pollution, Odd Days: Don’t burst Crackers, Even Days: Burst Crackers in AAP rallies, Hypocrisy thy name is Arvind Kejriwal! #OddEven #OddEvenDobara,” wrote another user.

The scheme will remain in force till November 15 and will be applicable from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Violation will attract a penalty of Rs 4,000, which is double the amount charged in the earlier editions of the scheme.

Terming the scheme as a “political gimmick”, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijay Goel said he would violate it.

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“Vehicles contribute to 28 per cent of pollution in Delhi, in which cars contribute only 3 per cent. This comes to cars contributing 0.84 per cent to total Delhi pollution, which means this #OddEven is leaving 99.58 per cent causative agents of Delhi pollution untouched. #OddEvenNatak,” Goel tweeted. (IANS)

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Pollution Severe In Delhi In Spite Of Odd-Even Scheme: SC

SC says despite odd-even scheme, pollution in Delhi became severe

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In spite of Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme, pollution has reached a severe level. Pixabay

The Supreme Court on Friday said in spite of Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme, pollution has reached a severe level, and again called the Chief Secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Harayana and Uttar Pradesh, to report on measures taken to curb air pollution particularly related to stubble burning.

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said, “Do not give exemption to two-wheelers, and it will work.”

During the hearing, the judges scrutinized the Odd-Even scheme of the Delhi government in respect of air quality index data gathered in the past two years. The judges queried the Delhi government counsel, senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, what purpose the scheme served by keeping out cars which contribute mere three per cent of the total pollution.

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The court observed the data presented by the authorities suggest the Odd-Even scheme had hardly any effect on improving air quality. Pixabay

The court observed that Delhi’s local pollution is a major problem, if stubble burning which contributes 40 per cent is kept out.

“According to the authorities, stubble burning has reduced to somewhere near five per cent now…we are concerned about Delhi’s local air pollution. What is the government doing?”

The court observed the data presented by the authorities suggest the Odd-Eeven scheme had hardly any effect on improving air quality. “Question is what are you gaining by this scheme?” observed the court.

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Further commenting on the social aspect of the Odd-Even scheme, the court said “Odd-Even will only affect the lower middle class but not the affluent ones since they have multiple cars… Odd-Even isn’t a solution, but public transport could be. But nothing has been done about that”, said the court.

The hearing on the matter will continue on November 25. (IANS)