Amidst the ongoing pollution crisis in Delhi-NCR, the Delhi government, led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, is implementing a series of measures to address the issue. In a recent development, the government has decided to prohibit the entry of Uber, OLA, and other app-based cabs that are registered in states other than Delhi. The announcement was made by Delhi’s Environment Minister, Gopal Rai.
As a result of this decision by the Kejriwal government, only app-based cabs with registrations in Delhi, indicated by the DL number, will be permitted to operate within the city. This directive was issued in compliance with the Supreme Court’s instructions to restrict the operation of vehicles registered outside of Delhi that operate through mobile apps.
Winter holidays have also been declared in Delhi schools due to the escalating air pollution. The winter break will be in effect from November 9 to November 18. Earlier, in response to air pollution concerns, the Delhi government had suspended in-person classes in schools until November 10 and transitioned to online classes. With the announcement of winter holidays, schools in the national capital will remain closed until November 18.
Furthermore, the Delhi government has announced the implementation of the odd-even formula, a traffic management system, starting from November 13. This system stipulates the following schedule:
- Vehicles with odd-numbered registration plates (last digit: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9) will be allowed to operate on November 13, 15, 17, and 19.
- Vehicles with even-numbered registration plates (last digit: 0, 2, 4, 6, 8) will be permitted to operate on November 14, 16, 18, and 20.