Guwahati: M.R. Synrem, the Commissioner and Secretary of Meghalaya's Transport Department on Wednesday informed that the odd/even arrangement for plying of vehicles has been withdrawn in all the districts except the Shillong Urban Agglomeration area with effect from September 16, 2020.
"However, the odd/even arrangement within the Shillong Urban Agglomeration area will also apply to vehicles entering Shillong from other parts of the State. Long-distance buses on long routes within the State will also continue to be exempted from the odd/even arrangement as allowed earlier," informed Meghalaya's Department of Information and Public Relations, issuing a statement.
It is pertinent to mention here that in June of this year, the Transport department of Meghalaya had introduced the odd-even number system for plying of both public and private vehicles within the Northeast Indian State.
As per the notification issued by the Transport department, the vehicles with registration ending in odd numbers were allowed to ply on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while vehicles with registration ending in even numbers were allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Only private vehicles irrespective of odd or even numbers were allowed to ply on Sundays.
The development came against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, which caused life to come to come to a screeching halt courtesy the extended period of lockdown. The odd/even system for the plying of vehicles was imposed as a measure to keep a check on the number of people who were out and about on the streets amid the rising cases of COVID-19.