Odd-even: Delhi govt announces staggered working hours of offices to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution

  • The Delhi government on Friday decided to stagger working hours of its offices during the implementation of the 12-day odd-even scheme

  • However, private offices in the national capital will not come under the government order, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

  • A senior official said that on an average, around 75 percent government offices open at 9.30 am and close at 6 pm

New Delhi: The Delhi government on Friday decided to stagger working hours of its offices during the implementation of the 12-day odd-even scheme, a move aimed at reducing traffic congestion and pollution in the city.

 Odd-even: Delhi govt announces staggered working hours of offices to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution

File image of Arvind Kejriwal. Image courtesy: Twitter@ArvindKejriwal

However, private offices in the national capital will not come under the government order, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal saying this is the first experiment of staggered office timings, but next time the AAP dispensation will consider the same for them.

"This is the first experiment of staggered office timings. Private offices are not included but next time we will consider staggered timing for them also," Kejriwal said at a press conference.

A senior official said that on an average, around 75 percent government offices open at 9.30 am and close at 6 pm, while the rest of the offices such as health and education open at 9 am. According to an order issued by the general administration department, working hours of a total of 42 government offices have been staggered, with 21 having office timings from 10.30 pm to 7 pm and the rest from 9.30 am to 6 pm.

The order said the new office timings will be only applicable during the odd-even scheme from 4 to 15 November. Departments like municipal corporations of Delhi, transport, directorate of education, higher education, irrigation and flood control, state election commission, information and publicity, excise and urban development will open at 10.30 am.

"Another step by Delhi Govt to combat Air Pollution. Timings of offices @ ITO & Civil Lines have been staggered during #OddEven Scheme from 4th Nov-15th Nov..." Transport minister Kailash Gahlot tweeted. In September, Kejriwal had met Lt Governor Anil Baijal, and said Delhi would implement his suggestions to stagger working hours.

Updated Date: Nov 01, 2019 20:00:09 IST