In order to combat air pollution in Delhi, the Indian government will attempt to lessen car usage for two weeks. Announced by the Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday, the two week ban will take place from April 15 – April 30 (AP Wire). Only private cars will be allowed to drive on certain days, based on even or odd license plates numbers. Certain people such as government officials and emergency vehicles will be exempted from this initiative (Times of India). The ban targets the 2.6 million cars that drive in and around Delhi every day (Reuters). According to the World Health Organization, Delhi has the worst air quality of any city in the world (AP Wire).
This is the second phase of the government’s attempt to reduce air pollution levels in Delhi; the first phase took place in January for two weeks. However, the government could not continue the ban for an extended time due to Delhi’s inadequate bus system (AP Wire). The government decided to conduct a second phase because air pollution levels spiked to dangerous levels after the first phase was completed (AP Wire). Government officials hope to permanently implement this plan such that there is a two-week ban on cars each month (Reuters).
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