Kejriwal declares war on pollution
CM admits implementing even-odd car days will be tough, but says Delhi air calls for ‘emergency’ measures
Let’s try the oddeven car formula for 10-15 days... If there are problems, we can stop it and learn from the failure. I say the PM’s salary should also increase if it is less than `1 lakh [per month]. If he meets Obama and is asked his salary, it won’t look nice. It should be respectable. It is not rocket science to govern. Everything is possible but... the day to day interference saps you.
NEW DELHI: The plan to allow odd and even-numbered cars on alternate days will be tried out as a temporary solution to Delhi’s air pollution woes that have necessitated “emergency” measures, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said Saturday.
The government will implement with public engagement other steps such as vacuum-cleaning of roads and greening of sidewalks as manual sweeping has proved inadequate to remove dust, the CM said at the concluding session of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit moderated by editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.
“We wanted to announce restrictions on private vehicles with full preparation but after the emergency situation, repeated concerns and the ensuing panic we had to announce a slew of measures right now,” he said.
The AAP government had announced these measures on Friday, a day after the Delhi high court likened the city to a “gas chamber”.
“Let’s try the odd-even car formula for at least a few days, 10-15 days to start with. If there are a lot of problems, we can stop it and learn from the failure. We don’t want to cause any inconvenience to the public,” Kejriwal said at the session.
Maintaining that his government wanted to improve public infrastructure first, the CM said major steps will be taken keeping public feedback in mind.
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