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Delhi: Odd, even number cars on alternate days soon to cut pollution

The Delhi government decided on Friday that odd and even number vehicles will ply on alternate days in the city from January 1, imposing Beijing-like restrictions in the national capital to curb rising pollution.

 The decision, taken at a meeting presided over by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, will not apply to CNG-driven buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws. It will cover vehicles entering Delhi from other states.

The Delhi government will also increase public transport in the city, said chief secretary KK Sharma.

The sweeping move – like the one taken in the Chinese capital in 2013 – will apply to a large bulk of the some 90 lakh vehicles registered in Delhi, where about 1,500 new vehicles are added every day.

Delhi’s vehicular population – which causes choking jams on all weekdays — includes some 27 lakh cars.

The city also plans to shut down one of its oldest and least efficient thermal power plants. The Badarpur plant, commissioned in the early 1970s, uses outdated equipment and often breaks down.

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