New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The pollution levels in the national capital has continued to be a worrying situation for the authorities as well as the residents. The smog from stubble burning has covered the city leading to low visibility. According to the center’s air quality monitor, the Air Quality Index for today morning (7 AM) of Delhi was 500 for both PM 2.5 and PM 10, which comes under the category of ‘severe’ levels.

As the pollution level remains to be in the ‘severe’ category, the Delhi government’s odd-even car rationing scheme has been started from today, till November 15, and the scheme will stay in effect from 8 am till 8 pm. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Monday morning tweeted and urged the citizens to support the odd-even scheme properly, in which only even-numbered non-transport vehicles allowed on Delhi roads on the first day of the exercise.

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Under the scheme -- which will not be implemented on Sundays -- non-transport four-wheeled vehicles with registration numbers ending with an odd digit (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) will not be allowed on the roads on November 4, 6, 8, 12 and 14. Similarly, vehicles with registration numbers ending with an even digit (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) will not be allowed on the roads on November 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15.

The Delhi traffic police and transport and revenue departments have been deployed for the proper functioning of the scheme. 400 traffic inspectors and assistant traffic inspectors (ATIs) of the DTC and the transport department will be deployed in two shifts during the drive.

The ATIs will be issuing challans to the violators as well as will ensure that the scheme should be properly implemented at around 200 locations identified by the transport department.

The fine for the violation has been kept at Rs 4,000. Head constables and officers of higher ranks in the traffic police, sub-divisional magistrates, tehsildars, ATIs and high-ranked officials of the DTC have been authorised to issue challans to the violators.

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The deteriorated air quality prompted many people to say that they wanted to leave the city as soon as possible. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi's 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) stood at 494 at 4 pm on Sunday, the highest since November 6, 2016, when it was 497.

However, the condition has bettered from yesterday, as the AQI levels yesterday breached the mark of 999 at around 20 places in the national capital. The pollution levels in the adjoining Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Faridabad, and Gurugram have also been deteriorated, as the authorities in the NCR had shut the schools till November 5.

The low visibility due to pollution and a cover of smog over Delhi also led to the diversion of 37 flights from the Delhi airport. PK Mishra, the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, reviewed the situation yesterday. Senior officials from Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi, joined the meeting through video conference. The Cabinet Secretary will monitor the situation with these states on a daily basis, the government said.

Posted By: Talib Khan