There are five major wholesale vegetable and fruit markets in the national capital, including the Azadpur mandi, the Ghazipur mandi and the Okhla mandi. Also, there two wholesale 'anaj mandis' (wheat markets) - Najafgarh and Narela.
Adil Ahmad Khan, chairman of the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC), Azadpur, said there are 22 big sheds under which hundreds of traders sell vegetables and a huge number of people visit the market on a daily basis.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged people to follow the 'odd-even' rule--an anti-pollution measure, persistently for their own health reasons. "Namaste Delhi, odd-even is starting from today to reduce pollution. Please do follow it for yourself, your family, kids and your breath. Share cars," Kejriwal said in an early morning tweet.
Arvind Kejriwal carpooled with Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Kumar Jain and Labour Minister Gopal Rai to reach the Delhi Secretariat.
Violation of the odd-even road rationing scheme is going to hit you hard this time as you may have to shell out Rs 20,000 as penalty under the amended Motor Vehicles Act. In January and April 2016, when the first two editions of o dd-even were implemented, the fine for failing to follow the rules was only Rs 2,000.
Hundreds of teams of Delhi Traffic Police and the transport and revenue departments have been deployed for a strict implementation of the odd-even scheme. Around 400 traffic inspectors and assistant traffic inspectors (ATIs) of the DTC will be deployed in two shifts during the drive. The scheme will not be implemented on November 10 (Sunday).
"We want to do our part in ensuring movement around the city is easy during the odd-even phase and have decided to deactivate dynamic pricing for the duration." an Uber spokesperson told PTI last month.
The Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced that the odd-even scheme will return for the third time in the national capital from November 4-15 as part of the efforts to fight pollution which adversely impacts the capital's air quality.
Delhi Traffic Police challaned 256 violators while Transport department and district administration teams issued challans to 454 violators for driving odd-numbered vehicles.
The study on 'Pollution and the Work Commute: What Working Professionals Say?' had complete responses from 880 working professionals.
If you live in Delhi and are going bonkers comprehending the odd-even formula, these apps/websites will come to your rescue.
Delhi government has deployed around 10,000 volunteers with rose stems across the national capital to request violators to follow odd-even rules, following the "Gandhigiri" route.
The official said that most people, who wanted to ply their vehicles on even-numbered car today, relented when they were greeted with roses.
A bench, headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar, also asked CPCB to record and analyse the data of before and after the fortnight-long scheme period.
The Delhi CM also said that people have come up with their own solution due to which the second phase of odd-even scheme has been successful as per reports.
Former Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel was fined by Delhi Traffic Police on Monday for violating odd-even traffic restritions, government official said.
On Monday morning, Delhi’s air quality was almost twice as toxic as that over Beijing. Around noon, the US Embassy monitoring station showed PM 2.5 levels at 375 micrograms per cubic metre. Around the same time, Beijing’s PM 2.5 level was at 199 micrograms per cubic metre.
A top source confirmed that the government was tentatively planning to bring the road rationing scheme back after the Board exams.
The Bombay H C today asked the Maharashtra Govt, MPCB, and others to file their response to a petition seeking introduction of odd-even rule for private cars in Mumbai.
Beijing may force half of the city's over 5.6 million cars off the roads on an even-odd formula for the entire winter season .
Over the past week of the odd-even scheme, stations in the NCR saw a hike in the ridership, some by as much as 52 per cent.
Despite the recent complaints of harassment against prepaid auto and taxi drivers, Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai today said that most of them are actually "cooperating" with Delhiites during the odd-even scheme.
With the Delhi traffic police cracking down on the violators of the odd-even rule, Gurgaon seems to have embraced Rapid Metro to connect to Delhi Metro.
Police said that vehicles which take a U-turn at Rajokri flyover to go back to Gurgaon, have been exempted from penalty under the odd-even scheme.
"1000 more officials were deployed today because the traffic police could not operate at its optimum capacity yesterday", a senior police official said.
As nearly half of private cars in the city went off the streets, several commuters chose app-based cab services to reach their destinations on day one of the Delhi government's odd-even scheme to curb air pollution in the national capital.
Whether the curbs on driving help to improve the national capital’s air will be known through live updates on the website and mobile app of SAFAR.
"I appeal to people to cooperate with Delhi Traffic Police for 15 days," said Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi.
The government has also cancelled the leaves of employees working with cluster buses, operated by Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS).
While the count of PM2.5 (a part of RSPM) is better than that of Delhi, the PM10 (particulate matter up to ten micrometres in size) values fare badly in Bengaluru.
“In order to facilitate the lawmakers, we have decided to run six ‘MP Special’ buses to ferry them to Parliament,” Gopal Rai said.
The Delhi government's odd even scheme is all about "maximum publicity, minimum effect", the Rajya Sabha MP said.
The Delhi government said it was committed to the next phase of the odd-even scheme but was yet to decide when it would be launched and the duration.
Three of the five agencies that studied the impact of the odd-even trial on Delhi's air quality suggest that fewer cars on the roads had helped clean the air.
Data released by SAFAR of the ministry of earth sciences showed PM2.5 concentration on January 9 to be at the lowest level since December 25.
Delhi's transport minister Gopal Rai claimed on Thursday that levels of PM 2.5, primarily caused by vehicular pollution, had come down by 25-30%.
According to estimates, around 1.25 lakh additional passengers are expected to use public transport on Monday, with a majority of them relying on the Metro.
Delhi government has ordered shutting down of schools for 15 days from January 1 during the trial period of odd-even vehicle formula.
Delhi government has formed a four-member committee to finalise the penalty that violators would have to pay for violating the odd-even vehicle rule.
Vahan is a central government initiative to computerise vehicle registration and some states have already implemented it.
Taxi companies and aggregators such as Uber, Ola and Meru Cabs are working out how best to take advantage of the resulting business opportunity.
The other big contributors include domestic cooking, power plants and industries. Vehicle emissions account for an average of 25% PM 2.5 levels.
Corporate India is scrambling to take steps for employees ahead of an expected commuting mayhem when the Delhi government embarks on its even-odd numbers plan.
Delhi government said the curbs will be applicable from 8 am to 8 pm on working days from January 1. The restrictions won’t be enforced on Sundays.
Delhi has the highest number of vehicles in the country and, over the last many years, the traffic jams in the city have become a source of constant tension in the city.
The actual decrease in the number of vehicles crossing the DND after the odd-even trials began is around 4,000-5,000, officials said.
He said "vested interests" want to fail the scheme and the city government had decided to change its approach for enforcing the much talked about road rationing scheme.
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) said pollution levels were more than December 31 and "violated" the prescribed limits.
DTC's spokesperson R S Minhas said that in normal days, around 35 lakh people travel in corporation's buses every day.
The level of particulate matter in Delhi's air is 15 to 20 times higher than WHO's desirable levels. Delhi's population is living with the effects of being in the most polluted city.
The court, however, refrained from passing any interim order on a plea by a Delhi resident, who sought direction to restrict movement of cars driven by women drivers.
Kejriwal said the scheme won't meet success merely by issuing challans and unless people of Delhi resolve that it's their own movement.
The police, however, said that those found driving their cars beyond the stipulated duration will be fined again and their vehicles can be impounded.
The Delhi government earlier vowed to add 6,000 buses on Delhi roads but it was changed after two-wheelers were exempted from the odd-even scheme.
Announcing the blueprint of road-rationing experinment, Kejriwal said that carpooling was the only solution to cope with the odd-and-even number scheme.
So, the odds are that 'pre-owned' ones with appropriate numbers will suddenly become more attractive than ever before.
With over 300 vehicles registered in the city daily, Mumbai Police Commissioner Ahmad Javed has an alternate plan to curb pollution.
Previously, it had tried ‘car-free days’ & earmarked a bunch of 10 wide roads for dedicated lanes, but none was tried on such scale.
Arvind Kejriwal’s move to allow private vehicles with even and odd registration numbers may be beneficialfor some startups as the move could create an opportunity.
Rajasthan listed 138 panchayat samitis in red. West Bengal has A, B and C zones, where A meant places without relaxations, B buffer zones with limited relaxations and C ‘clean zones’ where all activities are allowed from May 21. Gujarat identified urban centres in Ahmedabad and Surat into containment and non-containment zones.
While popular markets like Connaught Place and Khan Market bore a deserted look, traders in markets like Tilak Nagar, Karol Bagh and Sarojini Nagar were seen cleaning their shops. Connaught Place, which is the commercial hub in central Delhi, saw traders marking circles to ensure that visitors can ensure social distancing.
Wide variance in the local interpretation of rules has led to confusion and unwanted crackdown.
Nothing appears an open-and-shut case at this point — neither extending the lockdown nor lifting it. We'll only know at 10 am tomorrow when Modi addresses the nation.
"A final decision about extending the odd-even rule could be taken on Friday, depending on the situation of air pollution and outcome of a hearing pertaining to the scheme in the Supreme Court," a Delhi government functionary said. Kejriwal had earlier said the odd-even restrictions could be extended, if required.
The petition, filed by a Noida-based advocate, has alleged that the Delhi government's November 1 notification on the scheme also violates fundamental rights. It alleged that the odd-even rule violates citizens' rights to practice any profession, carry out any occupation, trade or business and to move freely throughout the country.
Officials said the Centre has recognised driving during the odd-even scheme period as a new category of traffic violation under Section 115 of Motor Vehicles Act.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has told officials to ensure that no person faces inconvenience due to the odd-even scheme. According to the government, advisories have also been issued to cab aggregators like Ola, Uber to not surge prices during the scheme, and to autorickshaws and e-rickshaws to avoid over-charging from commuters.
Delhi government's Odd-Even scheme came into effect on November 4 and will continue till November 15. Under this, vehicles with odd number will not be allowed on November 4, 6, 8, 12 and 14. Similarly, vehicles with registration numbers ending with an even digit (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) will not be allowed on the roads on November 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15.
However, appreciating the city government, the bench headed by NGT chief Justice Swatanter Kumar has sough more clarity.
Gopal Rai said if Vijay Goel breaks the odd-even car rationing rule he will be treated like any other offender and penalised for the violation.
The government has deployed them with rose stems in their hands across the national capital to request violators to follow odd-even rules.
In order to ensure strict implementation of the odd-even rule from January 1, the AAP government has given 'special power' to Delhi Police to impose a fine of Rs 2,000.
Delhiites may have to cough up a fine of Rs 2,000 for violating the odd-even rule as the AAP government's transport department has proposed a penalty scheme.
After experiencing bad air pollution on the night of December 31st, the harmful PM 2.5 sized pollutants declined by 10% between 8 am to 2 pm in Delhi, which began implementation of the odd-even rule of vehicle rationing.
Manufacturers and distributors of CNG kits in the national capital region say they have recorded a 25-30% increase in demand in the past 10 days.
Last year, the government had managed to deploy more than 3,000 such buses as part of `Paryavaran Sewa' even though the figure was expected to be of 6,000 buses.
DTC's MP Special Bus Service, launched by the Delhi government to ferry lawmakers to Parliament, found few takers this morning.
While 678 challans were issued by Delhi Traffic Police, challans to as many as 324 persons were issued by the enforcement unit of Transport department.
IGL is setting up one CNG dispensing station every two days, a world record, to meet the increased demand for gas.
Initial data shows that pollution was actually higher on most days during the experiment in which cars with odd and even numbers were allowed on alternate days.
Delhi government is all set to roll out its ambitious odd-even scheme tomorrow, as final touches are being given to preparations ahead of its first such road-rationing experiment.
The EPCA ignores findings such as: about one-third of Delhi’s pollution is due to outside sources, four wheelers contribute 10% of PM 10 and PM 2.5 pollution.
Stressing women safety issues in the capital, Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Jai Hind on Saturday criticised the National Green Tribunal's (NGT) order against exemptions in the odd-even scheme and sought the inclusion of single women drivers.
The Karnataka Transport Department has readied a draft plan to enforce the odd-even formula in Bengaluru as CM Siddaramaiah too faces the challenge.
Despite the worrying numbers, the Delhi government kept two-wheelers out of the odd-even trial, citing lack of public transport.
Goel said his protest was against "political posturing" by AAP which he alleged is using odd-even scheme's advertising budget to "plaster Kejriwal's photo everywhere".
Spread over three days, the wedding saw many guests from the capital’s swish set including Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal.
Of them, 11,939 riders 32% were from the pub capital of India Bengaluru, according to Uber, which shared data exclusively with ET on how Indians used its service on the last night of 2016.
The smog descended over Beijing and 40 other cities on October 17 and continued to get worse despite red alerts imposing odd-even rule for vehicles, stoppage of construction, closure of polluting factories and schools.
Rai said reports saying that Delhi may extend the scheme were not true. There will be a review after the trial is over, the minister said.
The consensus among environment scientists is that conclusions shouldn't be drawn without monitoring pollution levels for at least a week of the odd-even scheme.
South Korea is also planning to increase its investments and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Seoul in May gave a big push to commercial ties.
Unlike during the first phase, sub-divisional magistrates are not prosecuting motorists for violating odd-even rules during the the fortnight-long scheme.
It turns out Beijing is controlling air pollution at multiple levels and the odd-even initiative is only a miniscule part of the strategy.
Few vehicles are expected to be on the roads for three days beginning today as it is a holiday because of Ram Navami today and Saturday and Sunday follow.
The site was developed and launched in Dec 2015 by the standard 9 student anticipating the odd-even vehicle rule implemented by the Delhi govt in Jan this year.
The catch here is that only BS-III and BS-IV compliant vehicles are now eligible for conversion.
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