New Delhi: AAP-led Delhi government on Friday had proposed that odd and even number vehicles will ply on alternate days in the national capital from January 1.
Vehicles with number plates ending with an odd number (1,3,5,7,9) can be driven one day while the next day those ending with an even number (0,2,4,6,8) can be taken out. The car stringent rule does not apply to public vehicles.
The move comes in after the Delhi HC observed that the current air pollution levels in the national capital have reached "alarming" proportions and it was akin to "living in a gas chamber".
The decision, taken at a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, will not apply to CNG-driven buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws but will also cover vehicles entering Delhi from other states.
The sweeping move - like the one taken in Beijing in 2013 - will apply to a large bulk of the some 90 lakh vehicles registered in Delhi, where about 1,500 new vehicles are added every day.
Delhi's vehicular population - which cause choking jams on all weekdays - includes some 27 lakh cars.
The Delhi government has also decided to shut down south Delhi's Badarpur power plant, one of the coal-based plants of the NTPC.
The Delhi High Court has directed the Centre and city government to present comprehensive action plans to combat it.
There has been a "seven-fold increase" in Delhi's air pollution level since October, a CSE expert told newsagency PTI even as real-time exposure readings of nearly all monitoring stations put PM 2.5 and PM 10 figures above the 'severe' threshold.
The city's ambient air quality (outdoor air quality over a 24-hour period as opposed to real time) also continues to be 'very poor', a situation that is extremely harmful for vulnerable groups such as the elderly and children.
During winters the air quality worsens due to heavy smog.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had also directed the Delhi government to issue a notification within a week with regard to areas in the capital which are most polluted and enumerate steps needed to check air pollution.
A day after holding its second car-free day in the capital, the AAP government today claimed that the south Delhi's Dwarka stretch used during the event showed "significant" reduction in level of pollutants in the air.