Second phase of odd-even scheme kicks off in Delhi on Friday

The second phase of the odd-even road rationing scheme came into force in Delhi on Friday, which was also a public holiday on account of Ram Navami. The actual impact of the scheme, which will be in force till April 30, would be known only on Monday.

The Delhi government in a bid to curb environmental pollution experimented with the odd-even scheme in the first fortnight of January. Under the scheme, cars with odd registration plates can be used only on odd days and those with even numbers on even days.

The scheme is valid between 8 am and 8 pm and from Monday to Saturday. Women drivers and those driving CNG vehicles are exempt from the rule. So too are VVIPs.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to Delhi motorists on Friday, urging them to make a success of the scheme. The Aam Aadmi Party government wants to make it a successful plan to curb pollution.

The government plans to deploy 2,000 traffic personnel on the capital's roads besides 5,000 civil defence volunteers to ensure that motorist adhere strictly to the scheme.