New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi chief minister, on Friday announced the relaxation or exemption from the odd-even scheme during the celebrations of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on November 11 and 12.

Addressing a press conference in Delhi, Kejriwal said, "As Sikhs were demanding relaxation in the odd-even scheme, the government has decided that the scheme will not apply on November 11 and 12 in the light of celebrations of 550th Guru Nanak Dev ji anniversary."

On Tuesday, Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot had said that MLA Jarnail Singh, along with a delegation, had visited them regarding the matter. Some other delegations had also met them over the same issue.

Kejriwal had also received other such requests from around the city. A large number of sangats visit Delhi during the Guru Parv and the road rationing scheme was in place during the two days, lakhs of people may have to face a lot of trouble to travel to different parts of the city.

Punjab: Holiday in 3 districts

On the directive of chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, the Punjab government has declared a holiday for three districts on November 9 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the state-of-the-art Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) Complex at Kartarpur Corridor in Dera Baba Nanak of Punjab's Gurdaspur district on Saturday.

Punjab chief minister has declared a holiday in Gurdaspur, Kapurthala and Amritsar districts on November 9. Moreover, Gurdaspur BJP MP and Bollywood actor Sunny Deol will also be a part of the official rally during inauguration ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor.

The decision was announced by Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh's office on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister's Office has cleared Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu's visit to Pakistan to take part in the Kartarpur corridor opening ceremony.

But Pakistan has taken a u-turn and has said that all pilgrims will have to pay a service fee of $20 to cross the border on November 9, the day of Kartarpur inauguration. Earlier, Pakistan had said that entry will be free for pilgrims on November 9.

 (With ANI inputs)