November 16, 2019
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal introduced the odd even vehicle rationing system in the year 2016. Kejriwal had stated that reducing number of vehicles on Delhi roads is essential to curb pollution problems that have gripped the city badly. The odd even scheme that began this year on 4 November had ended yesterday. Since Delhi is still battling pollution, Kejriwal is all set to review its extension on Monday.
I am unable to breathe even inside my home in Delhi tonight. @ArvindKejriwal you need to make odd even permanent and bar all construction till early next year. We will die as we keep debating whether these are main causes or not. Every little thing helps. Please do it-Barkha Dutt, Journalist.
Many schools and colleges in Delhi were shut due to pollution levels rising in the city. Reportedly, it had reached dangerous levels. Experts stated that an emergency will have to be issued in the city and nearby areas if the situation continues for the next few days. Many people are complaining of breathing issues and other health hazards.
Stubble burning by farmers from nearby Punjab and Haryana has added to the pollution problems in Delhi. “You can take all the cars off the road and it would make marginal difference to Delhi pollution – the smoke is from #CropBurning in adjacent states. Odd-Even is the wrong policy response”, tweeted writer Shamika Ravi.
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