Headlines October 17, 2019
Disabled people exempted from odd-even rule
People with disabilities will be exempted from the‘ odd-even’ rulefor vehicles in Delhi as announced by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Kejriwal made the announcement when he was asked about the rule by Kargil War veteran Major DP Singh, who is also the first solo amputee skydiver in India.
Major DP Singh had tweeted, “How about persons with disabilities @ArvindKejriwal sir? I am an amputee & cant sit in metro with artificial leg due to ill designed seats. So would be bus ride for me due to pushes and pulls. Only option is my own car. What do I and many like me do?”
In response CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “ Yes @MajDPSingh , persons with disabilities will definitely be exempt during Odd Even.”
Women drivers in Delhi are also exempted from the odd-even scheme.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has earlier announced that the odd-even rule for vehicles will be implemented in Delhi from 4 November to 15 November.
The scheme allows cars with registration plate numbers ending in odd and even digits to ply on the roads on alternate days. The plan aims to reduce the number of vehicles on Delhi roads on a particular day in a bid to reduce air pollution.
The ‘odd-even’ scheme was launched by the Kejriwal government in 2015 to fight air pollution in India and applies on all private vehicles excluding two wheelers.