Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said it was important that the BJP…
Delhi: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that the formal notification for the odd-even car scheme, which seeks to reduce pollution in the national capital, will be out on Monday. The scheme is set to take off in Delhi on January 1 and will continue till January 15.
“Odd numbered cars will ply on odd days, even numbered cars on even days,” said the CM stating the obvious.
He added that a Rs 2000 fine would be imposed on those breaking the law. Emergency vehicles like ambulances, those belonging to fire services, hospital services, prison, hearse, enforcement agencies will be exempted from the rule, said the CM. However, he stated that those on way to hospitals for emergency situations should carry proof.
Vehicles carrying the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Speaker of Lok Sabha, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha, Governors of states/ Lt Governor, Chief Justice of India and Union Ministers will also be exempt from the rule.
Leaders of Opposition in both houses of Parliament, Supreme Court, High Court and Lokayukta judges as well as CMs of all states except the Delhi CM are not obliged to follow the odd-even rule.
Two wheelers are also exempt from the rule, as are CNG vehicles with IGL certificate.
Batting for car pooling, Kejriwal called it the most practical solution. However, he warned against car pooling with strangers, stating that this should be done along with relatives and friends instead.
Calling for cooperation from the traffic police, Kejriwal said they should not cause traffic jams while fining the offenders.
The AAP chief claimed that while the odd-even formula had been in the works for a while, no Delhi CM before him had the ‘guts’ to put it in practice.
Announcing a unique plan, the Delhi CM said that 10,000 volunteers would help the authorities in encouraging people to leave their cars home. He also announced that school children would take a pledge in their schools to convince their parents to follow the odd-even formula. “Agar saari Delhi ki janata ise violate karti hai, to koi chaara nhi hai, ise band hi karna padega (But if Delhi’s citizens keep violating the rules, we will have no option but to shut down the scheme)”, said Kejriwal.
He however, clarified that the programme would run only from January 1 to January 15, and would be reinstated only after observing the results.
“This scheme is for you, for your kids. We are all coughing. It is for the environment,” he signed off, making a fervent appeal. “Lets make this a movement of the people. Not something to be enforced with a ‘danda'”.