Odd-even is not enough, says Gadkari
New Delhi: Schemes like “odd-even” won’t solve the problem of pollution in Delhi, road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters after taking stock of the progress of widening of NH-24, Gadkari said Delhi’s pollution as seen in the past few days is a “complex” issue. “Delhi has complex issue of pollution… There is vehicular pollution, smog, almost no wind flow and climate change... Odd-even is not enough. Construction works were going on and vehicles were plying. But the problem has become acute recently,” he said.
Gadkari said he has written to environment minister Dr Harsvardhan to carry out a detailed study engaging experts to find solutions. “Delhi is our capital… People from world over come to the city. Traffic jams and pollution give a wrong impression,” he added.
The minister said he would urge people to adopt alternative fuel, including ethanol, methanol and electric to solve the issue of pollution. “We will soon start a trial run of electric buses in Delhi. It will have two variants - one with lithium-ion battery and the other will be high capacity charger. We are keen to see facilities for direct charging system at various locations to promote electric transportation. I will urge Delhi government and the municipal corporations to come forward and take this up,” Gadkari said.
The minister said the government is considering options how to push conversion of rice straw from states like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab to convert them into bio-fuel to reduce the pollution caused by crop burning.