New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday announced that the Odd-Even scheme will be lifted from the national capital on November 11 and 12 on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

“In the light of celebrations of 550th Guru Nanak Dev ji anniversary, Delhi government has decided that Odd-Even scheme won't apply on 11th and 12th November,” ANI quoted Kejriwal as saying.

The Delhi Chief Minister, on Thursday, had said that his government respects the feelings of the Sikh community and might lift the Odd-Even scheme from November 11-12 to ensure a hassle-free commute in the national capital on the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

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Various Sikh organisations had sought exemptions from the Odd-Even scheme on the dates, citing celebrations and religious functions in the city to mark the birth anniversary of the Sikhism founder.

The Odd-Even scheme, which commenced on November 4, will continue till November 15. The Odd-Even scheme was implemented in Delhi to combat the increasing level of pollution in the city.

Under the scheme, non-transport vehicles having odd or even digits of registration number are allowed to ply on odd and even dates respectively, from 8 am to 8 pm.

If violated, the offenders will have to pay Rs 4,000 under the amended Motor Vehicle Act. In the previous two editions of Odd-Even schemes in 2016, the offenders had to pay Rs. 2,000.

According to official data, a total of 694 violators of the Odd-Even rule were issued challans by teams of traffic police (454), transport (148) and revenue (92) departments on Thursday. 

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Meanwhile, the Delhi government has claimed that out of 30 lakh non-private vehicles, about 15 lakh have been taken off the roads due to the Odd-Even scheme, which has helped in improving the air quality in the city.

In the current Odd-Even scheme, two-wheelers, women motorists, vehicles carrying patients and school children in uniform are exempted from the scheme.

There are 29 categories of exempted vehicles including those of the President, Prime Minister, enforcement and emergency services agencies and embassies.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma