The three-day trial has been enforced in Guwahati to reduce the number of cars on roads
The three-day trial has been enforced in Guwahati to reduce the number of cars on roads|Representational image
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COVID-19: Odd-even vehicle rationing gets underway in Guwahati

Vehicles with even-numbered plates will be allowed to ply on Friday & Sunday, those with odd-numbered plates on Saturday; scheme to be tried for 3 days in Guwahati amid COVID-19 lockdown

Simran Bajaj

Simran Bajaj

Guwahati: In a bid to reduce the number of vehicles plying on the road despite the ongoing 21-day lockdown, odd/even rationing of all vehicles including two-wheelers and vehicles with passes started in Guwahati on Friday, informed GP Singh, ADGP (law & order), on Thursday night.

The scheme will be tried for three days from Friday to Sunday. Vehicles with even-numbered plates will be allowed to ply on Friday and Sunday, and odd-numbered vehicles will be allowed on Saturday.

Informing this, Singh wrote on Twitter, “Odd even for vehicles from tomorrow till Sunday (April 10th to 12th) in Guwahati City area. Even for vehicles having passes. Please cooperate.”

Speaking with EastMojo, ADGP Singh said that a whole lot of people came out on the roads today [Thursday] carrying prescriptions and to buy groceries, and even those with car passes, despite the stringent lockdown.

This three-day trial is to reduce the number of cars on road, and despite it, if the cars plying do not reduce, then "passes will be withdrawn", added the ADGP.

He further clarified, “ Reference Odd/Even travel plan. The Odd/Even is in addition to the earlier restrictions in place since March 25th. This is an additional layer to further reduce movement on the roads.”

However, ambulance, doctors, medical workers, media, water tankers, government officials in government vehicles and full-body trucks used for unloading of essential commodities at railway yards are exempted from this.

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