NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday announced that persons with disabilities will be exempted from the odd-even vehicle rationing system.
The CM was responding to a tweet by Major DP Singh, a Kargil War veteran, who stated that he is an amputee and cannot travel in Delhi metro.
"Yes @MajDPSingh, persons with disabilities will definitely be exempt during Odd-Even," Kejriwal tweeted as a reply.
"How about persons with disabilities @ArvindKejriwal sir? I am an amputee and can't sit in the metro with an artificial leg due to ill-designed seats. So would be the bus ride for me due to pushes and pulls. The only option is my own car. What do I and many like me do?" Major DP Singh tweeted.
‘Odd-Even scheme ‘ is a flagship scheme of the Aam Aadmi Party government, aimed at combatting pollution. It was first implemented in 2015.
The scheme entails cars with odd and even number plates to run on alternate days, however, a decision on two-wheelers is yet to be taken.
This year, the scheme will be implemented in the national capital after Diwali, from November 4 to 15.
For the last few years, people residing in Delhi and National capital are reeling under the impact of breathing polluted air due to vehicular pollution, crop residue burning and climate change. They are using mask and scarves to cover their nose from the cocktail of dust and smog.
As per the report from the System of Air Quality Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) on Wednesday, the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in most of the places in Delhi-NCR was recorded under 'very poor' category.
At around 8.30 am, the overall AQI in Delhi docked up at 309.
An AQI between 0-50 is considered as “good”, 51-100 as “satisfactory”, 101-200 as “moderate”, 201-300 as “poor”, 301- 400 as “very poor”, and 401-500 as “severe”.
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