Clearing the confusion around the proposed odd-even formula the Delhi government has clarified that it will be based on dates and not days as was reported earlier.
What does this mean?
This means that on odd number dates (eg. January 1) cars and two-wheelers with registration numbers ending in an odd number will be allowed on Delhi roads. Similarly on even number dates (eg. January
2) private vehicles with registration numbers ending in even number will be allowed. Just in case you’re wondering ‘zero’ is an even number as well.
The rule will be enforced between 8 am-8 pm, Monday to Saturday, but it is not applicable on Sundays, where both odd and even number vehicles are allowed. However exemption has been granted in the case of medical emergencies. According to reports, vehicles driven by women but without passengers, as well as those carrying only women passengers have also been exempted. This exemption was granted keeping in mind the safety of women in the national capital.
The trial run of the odd-even formula will begin on January 1 and continue till January 15. Further extension of the rule will be done after taking feedback from the public.
In order to make hassle free travel possible, the Delhi government has asked DMRC to increase the frequency of Metro service. 1,000 new DTC buses will also be added to Delhi roads in next three months.
Currently there are around 4,700 DTC buses in Delhi, in which nearly 45 lakh people commute daily. Some 25 lakh passengers also use the 216 metro trains of DMRC.