BMC Introduces Odd-Even Scheme For Public Vehicles

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to implement the Odd-Even scheme for all public vehicles plying in the city, in a bid to ensure social distancing through the effective regulation of the existing public transport infrastructure.

A special Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been prepared for the purpose. “It includes the regulation of the public transport system such as buses, taxis, and auto-rickshaws. Such vehicles bearing odd registration numbers will operate on odd days and vehicles with even registration numbers will be allowed to ply on even days. There is no bar on the personal vehicles used by government officials. The regulation is strictly meant for public transport vehicles with the exception of the ones used for hospitals,” a BMC official said.

The new regulations would essentially result in many Mo Buses kept off the roads on concerned days, thereby streamlining traffic. Other public vehicles (other than those maintained by Capital Region Urban Transport, CRUT) will also have to follow the order on the applicable days.

The respective zonal deputy commissioners of the BMC have been tasked to ensure that all shops other than those selling vegetables, groceries, fish and meat remain closed. However, all of them would be subject to the BMC’s SOP on maintaining social distancing and proper sanitization.