Delhi Odd Even Scheme 2019 {दिल्ली ऑड-इवन योजना}

Updated on Jul 04, 2020

What is Odd Even Scheme?

The odd even rule is a road rationing system in which vehicles with odd and even numbers plates are allowed on the roads on alternate days. Odd even scheme 2019 was enforced third time in Delhi. The first time, it was introduced in 2016 for 15 days from 1-15 January. Arvind Kejriwal decided to introduce again to action the deteriorating air quality in Delhi. Delhi has been covered in toxic smog with severe PM 10 and PM 2.5 levels reportedly due to bursting of crackers on Diwali and illegal burning of crop stubble in Punjab and Haryana. The environment pollution authority had declared a public health emergency in Delhi-NCR on November 1 when the air quality level of Delhi hit the hard plus category.

Delhi Government implemented the odd even programme on from 4th-15th November 2019. Government of Delhi announced it on November 8, 2019, that it was not applicable on 11th and 12th November to celebrate the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. It was launched to action the hazardous smog which was covered the national capital. 

The first day of odd even rules results in the above down rate in the air quality level in Delhi. The Central pollution control board data showed that the odd-even scheme collaborates with high band speed brought down the air pollution in Delhi by almost 82%. Both PM10 and PM2.5 levels fell drastically by 6 pm on November 4. On odd even rule, only vehicles with a registration number with the last digit of the odd numbers were allowed on roads. And, the cars with a registration number with the last digit of even number will be permitted on roads. The scheme has been implemented in Delhi to control air pollution after a gap of three years.

Delhi Timings

The odd even rule was applicable from 8 am to 8 pm every day till November 15 2019.  

Odd Even Delhi 2019 Dates

Cars with even numbers were permitted in Delhi between 8 am-8 pm on November 4,6,8,12,14, while all car with odd numbers was permitted in Delhi on November 5,7,9,11,13 and 15. All vehicles with odd and even numbers were allowed on Sunday, November 10 2019.

Critical Factors

  • The odd-even rule starts in Delhi with an even day, November 4. Only even-numbered cars were permitted on the roads of Delhi.
  • The odd even rule has been implemented in Delhi for 12 days, and it was continued till November 15.
  • The timings for odd-even are only from 8 am to 8 pm. After that, all cars are allowed on roads.
  • The main aim of the odd even rule is to control the alarming rise in air pollutants in the national capital and de-congest the city.
  • There is a penalty for violating the odd even rule which includes a fine of Rs.4000. Earlier, the penalty was Rs.2000, but this time it was increased. 
  • The Chief Minister of Delhi had requested the cab aggregators-Ola and Uber to de-activate the rising pricing during the 12 days of odd even rule. 
  • The auto drivers had also been asked to go by the meter during the 12 days of odd even rule.
  • The Delhi Government had hired around 200 private buses to increase the public transport system during the odd-even scheme. Recently, around 5600 buses are running on the roads of Delhi. 
  • The DMRC was also conducting 61 additional trips during this period taking the total number of metro trips to 5100 through 294 trains.
  • Arvind Kejriwal also announced surprised office timings at 9:30 am or 10:30 pm during the odd even scheme.

Exemptions of Odd Even Scheme

  • Odd even rule was applied to two-wheelers, women drivers alone or with a child under the age of 12. The private vehicles transporting school children during the school time and vehicles of persons with physical disabilities were also exempted.
  • It also includes the vehicles of VVIPs/VIPs- the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, Lok Sabha Speaker, Union Ministers, State Governors, and Supreme Court judges.
  • The emergency enforcement vehicles and defence, paramilitary, and embassy vehicles were also exempted. Electric cars were also exempted.

What is not Exempted?

  • The vehicles of Chief Minister of Delhi and his Cabinet Ministers.
  • The privately-owned CNG vehicles were not exempted this time.
  • The four-wheelers drove by men.
  • Non-goods cars from other states.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can one person be challaned twice a day under this scheme?

No, a challan for violation of Section 115 of the MV Act can be issued only once in a day.

Q: Will a violator be permitted to park his car?

The violators will be able to park in a designated area or at metro stations under this scheme.

 Q: Can a parent go to drop the kid at school or returning after dropping their kid at school will also be challaned?

In both cases, exceptions will be provided based on trust. 

Q: Will cars from other states also face fines?

Yes, cars from other states also face fines.

 Q: Will the number of app-based cabs also go down during odd-even scheme? 

No, Cabs have viable permits and are exempted from the exercise.


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WRITTEN BYVarsha Verma

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