Delhi’s odd-even plan: All you need to know about the formula

  • HT Correspondent, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 01, 2016 16:37 IST
Millions of Delhi residents will have to find alternative ways to work from January 1, 2016, when authorities impose restrictions on cars to try to clean up the world's most polluted capital. (AFP)

Delhi has kicked off a sweeping plan to reduce its record-high air pollution by limiting the numbers of cars on the streets for two weeks.

Here is all you need to know about the traffic rationing:

What: Restriction on cars. Those with registration numbers ending in odd digits will be allowed to ply on odd dates and those ending in even digits will run on even dates.

When: Between January 1 and January 15. Sundays are free for all

Timing: 8am to 8pm

Fine: On the spot challan Rs 2,000 but no impounding of vehicles

Why: To curb air pollution and road congestion on Delhi roads

Who is exempt

CNG and electric cars - CNG cars will have to get a hologram sticker from IGL pumping stations and display them prominently on their cars’ windshields.

Two-wheelers – Have been kept out as the government doesn’t have the requisite public transport facilities to become a viable alternative.

Women - Cars driven by women and cars that only have women occupants. Cars driven by women where the male companion is below 12.

Vehicles being used for medical emergencies (trust based)

Vehicles occupied/driven by people with disabilities

Vehicles of: VVIP cars, emergency services and enforcement vehicles

President; Vice-president; Prime Minister; Governors; Chief Justice; Speaker of Lok Sabha; Union ministers; Leaders of Opposition (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha); Chief ministers of states and union territories (except those in Delhi); Supreme Court judges; Deputy chairperson of Rajya Sabha; Deputy speaker Lok Sabha; Lieutenant governors of Union Territories; Delhi High Court judges; Lokayukta

Emergency vehicles: Ambulances, fire brigade trucks, hospital, prison, hearse van

Enforcement vehicles: Police, Delhi transport department, authorised by Delhi Divisional Commissioner, paramilitary forces

Vehicles with ministry of defence number plates

Vehicles with a pilot/escort

Vehicles of SPG protectees

Embassy vehicles with CD numbers

Who has to follow

All petrol and diesel vehicles

Cars from outside Delhi: All diesel and petrol cars, irrespective of where they are coming from, will have to follow the rules.

Diesel and petrol taxis: Most of these are attached to taxi aggregators such as Ola and Uber and will have to follow the odd-even rule till they convert to CNG vehicles.

Delhi chief minister, Delhi’s ministers and MLAs

Public transport readiness

What to depend on during drive:

Buses: 10,000 (4,500 DTC bus, 1,500 cluster bus and around 4,000 to be hired by DTC for the drive)

Autos: 82,000

Taxies: 79,600 (15,000 kali-peeli and rest private cabs)

Total metro stations: 143 stations

Trains: 220

Metros to run at higher frequency through the day

Last mile connectivity by feeder buses, e-rickshaws

Delhi Metro

People travelling in Metro every day: 2.6 million

Trains: 220

Coaches: 1,240

Lines: Six

Blue Line | Dwarka-Vaishali/Noida (476 coaches)

Yellow Line | Jahangirpuri-HUDA City Centre (426 coaches)

Red Line | Rithala-Dilshad Garden (136 coaches)

Purple Line | ITO-Faridabad (128 coaches)

Green Line | Inderlok-Mundka (74 coaches)

Airport Line | New Delhi Railway Station-Dwarka Sector-21

DTC Buses

Daily passengers: 3.5 million


Number of autos: 70,000

Number of kaali-peeli taxis: 15,000

Number of cabs: 70,000

How Delhi goes to work

Commuters: 5.33 million

Using public transport: 27%

Using pvt transport: 25%

On foot/Bicycle: 31%

Other modes of transport include local trains

(Source: Census 2011)

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