Govt to soon take call on odd-even ex­emp­tions

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Atul.Mathur @times­

New Delhi: Even as chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal has sought trans­port depart­ment’s views on giv­ing ex­emp­tion to women driv­ers, two-wheeler rid­ers and CNG ve­hi­cles in odd-even road ra­tioning scheme next month, the of­fi­cials have al­ready started the prepa­ra­tions.

Sources said that the trans­port depart­ment is getting 7 lakh stick­ers for CNGrun pri­vate cars to en­sure they are vis­i­ble from a dis­tance and al­lowed to ply with­out any hin­drance if these ve­hi­cles get ex­emp­tion from the road ra­tioning rule.

The odd-even scheme is likely to be im­ple­mented be­tween Novem­ber 4 and 15 when air pol­lu­tion lev­els start de­te­ri­o­rat­ing due to stub­ble burn­ing in the neigh­bour­ing states of Haryana and Pun­jab.

Ke­jri­wal had an­nounced a seven-point ac­tion plan for Delhi last month to deal with air pol­lu­tion, which in­cluded dis­tri­bu­tion of face masks and road ra­tioning scheme among oth­ers. Un­der the scheme, ve­hi­cles will ply al­ter­nately on odd and even dates as per their reg­is­tra­tion num­bers.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, the dis­tri­bu­tion of stick­ers will be­gin from Oc­to­ber 15 at 70 CNG pumps in the cap­i­tal. Since there were re­ports of larges­cale mis­use of ex­emp­tion given to CNG ve­hi­cles in pre­vi­ous edi­tions of odd-even in Jan­uary and April 2016, Ke­jri­wal has asked the of­fi­cials to find a fool­proof way of iden­ti­fy­ing gen­uine cars run­ning on the green fuel.

“These stick­ers will have hid­den fea­tures, which can be read by spe­cial reader ma­chines given to the en­force­ment of­fi­cials. The depart­ment will also pre­pare a mo­bile app, which will have the data of all ve­hi­cles which will be given the CNG stick­ers. In case of any con­fu­sion, the en­force­ment agen­cies will re­fer to that data to iden­tify if the ve­hi­cle is car­ry­ing a gen­uine sticker,” said an of­fi­cial.

The gov­ern­ment will also de­ploy about 5,500 civil de­fence vol­un­teers at 200 lo­ca­tions dur­ing the 12-day drive to cre­ate aware­ness about odd-even and air pol­lu­tion in the city.

Like the last two edi­tions of the road-ra­tioning scheme in 2016, the gov­ern­ment may ex­empt women driv­ers and two-wheel­ers along with CNG-ve­hi­cles this year as well. The chief min­is­ter on Mon­day asked the trans­port depart­ment to give its views on ex­emp­tions within three days af­ter re­view­ing sev­eral as­pects, in­clud­ing the cur­rent ca­pac­ity of the pub­lic trans­port net­work. On the ba­sis of the depart­ment’s views, the gov­ern­ment will take a de­ci­sion on ex­emp­tions, of­fi­cials said.

In the pre­vi­ous edi­tion of the scheme, all two-wheel­ers had been ex­empted from the al­ter­nate day bar on ply­ing on the roads. The women driv­ers were kept out of the rule con­sid­er­ing that they feel a sense of se­cu­rity in their own ve­hi­cles for travelling.

Ac­cord­ing to an es­ti­mate, 70 lakh two-wheel­ers ply in Delhi. If they are not ex­empted, it will lead to over 35 lakh per­sons, other than lakhs of pil­lion rid­ers, to switch to pub­lic trans­port ev­ery day.

“The chief min­is­ter has asked the depart­ment to re­view the cur­rent ca­pac­ity of the pub­lic trans­port net­work, and state its views on whether or not two-wheel­ers should be ex­empted this year too,” a state­ment is­sued by the gov­ern­ment said.

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