Ke­jri­wal de­clares war on pol­lu­tion

CM ad­mits im­ple­ment­ing even-odd car days will be tough, but says Delhi air calls for ‘emer­gency’ mea­sures

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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