In light of the recent increase of pollution levels in Delhi, the Indian Government said they would issue an odd-even car number plate policy in Delhi. This move has been taken to reduce the amount of pollution in Delhi. Favoring the odd-even scheme, app-based cab aggregator, Ola, said they will make sure there are no surge prices once this rule has been implemented.
“The current levels of pollution and resultant smog in the national capital are worrisome and it is imperative that we join hands with the government in their efforts to curtail this situation. We welcome the odd-even initiative and needless to say, have suspended peak pricing in Delhi,” Ola said in a statement. It also said Ola will further slash the prices and start the base rate of Rs. 35.
Transport Minister, Kailash Gahlot, confirmed a meeting with Ola and Uber to ensure there is no surge during the implementation of the odd-even car scheme. Ola believes shared mobility can help in reducing the pollution issue.
The company plans on starting this scheme on 13 November 2017. The Delhi Government is in talks with Uber as well and plans on working in tandem with both these app-based cab aggregators.
Uber has already agreed to work with the Delhi Government and the Government is working hard to ensure there is a combined agreement with both Ola and Uber on this issue. The odd-even car scheme was implemented last year in Delhi in view of the alarming rise in population levels in Delhi. Looking at the alarming rise in pollution levels this year, the Delhi Government decided to put this scheme in place for five days, that is, from 13 November 2017 to 18, November 2017.
The rules are to remain the same as last year. On even dates, only cars with license plates ending with an even number will be allowed on city roads, and on odd dates, cars with license plates ending with an odd number will be allowed.