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I don't think 'odd-even' scheme is needed in Delhi: Nitin Gadkari 

File photo of Nitin Gadkari. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Sep 13, 2019, 01.55 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Minister of Road Transport, Nitin Gadkari, on Friday said that he doesn't think there is any need to implement the 'odd-even' vehicular scheme in the national capital.

His reaction came after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the implementation of the scheme in Delhi in November to combat pollution.

"No, I don't think it is needed. Ring Road we built has significantly reduced pollution in the city and our planned schemes will free Delhi of pollution in the next 2 years. It's their (Delhi government's) decision if they want to implement it," he told media. 

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The scheme will be implemented from November 4 to November 15 in the national capital.

The flagship scheme of the AAP government, aimed at combating pollution, was first implemented in 2015.

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While making the announcement, Kejriwal said that smog from adjoining states due to the burning of stubble is the major cause of pollution in Delhi and odd-even is one among the slew of measures that Delhi government will take to deal with the problem.

"On 2 and 3 November, there is Saturday and Sunday. Odd-even will be implemented from November 4 to November 15. Studies show that it reduces pollution by 10-13 per cent," said Kejriwal.

The scheme entails cars with odd and even number plates to run on alternate days. 

(With inputs from ANI)