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Odd-even for five days in Delhi from Nov 13

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The odd-even car rationing scheme will be enforced in Delhi for a five-day period from 13th to 17th of this month from 8 AM to 8 PM.

Briefing reporters in New Delhi this evening, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said that pollution has risen in the city due to crop burning by neighbouring states.

He said, DMRC has promised to help with 100 small buses for last mile connectivity. Mr Gahlot also informed that the exemptions in the scheme will be the same as last time.

He said, IGL stickers for cars will be available from tomorrow at 22 CNG stations across Delhi. He requested all people and agencies to cooperate saying the transport helpline will be ready to assist.

The decision comes as air pollution levels spiked in the national capital. Under the policy, odd-numbered cars are allowed to run on odd dates while even-numbered cars can only run on even dates.

In 2016, the scheme was enforced twice, from 1st to 15th January and 15th to 30th April.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh urged the Prime Minister to intervene in the paddy straw burning issue which causing alarming air pollution levels in the national capital and northern states.

He sought a bonus of one hundred rupees per quintal as an incentive to compensate the farmers to manage crop residue scientifically.

The chief minister also urged Mr Modi to convene a meeting of chief ministers of the affected states along with the Union ministers for agriculture, food and environment on the issue.

His statement came a day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sought a meeting with him and Haryana Chief Minister to discuss ways to tackle air pollution levels in the national capital.

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