Odd,Even Number Vehicles to Ply in Delhi
Odd,Even Number Vehicles to Ply in Delhi on Alternate Days
New Delhi,4 December: From January 1, 2016, if vehicles with number plates ending with an odd number can be driven one day, only those ending with an even number can be brought out the next day. This will not apply to public vehicles. Under fire over rising pollution in Delhi and the lack of a concrete plan to tackle it, the Arvind Kejriwal government has announced that private vehicles with odd and even registration numbers will be allowed on the roads of the national capital only on alternate days starting next month. Every year pollution level increases in winter. For some time, odd and even numbered vehicles will run on alternate days. Alternate arrangements are being made to bolster public transport. DTC buses, Metro services will ply extra. We are still working out the modalities,” said KK Sharma, Delhi Principal Secretary.
The government said it hoped to cut down vehicular pollution in the state by half with the measure, which is likely to be very controversial. The decision, taken at a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, will not apply to CNG-driven buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws but will cover vehicles entering Delhi from other states too. The Delhi government has also decided to shut down south Delhi’s Badarpur power plant, one of the coal-based plants of the NTPC.The government will also launch a web based App which people can use to report about polluting vehicles in the capital. The decision came a day after the Delhi High Court, in its observation, stated: “It seems like we are living in a gas chamber.” Government officials said that it hoped to cut down vehicle pollution in the state by half, with the measure in place.The court then directed the Delhi government to ensure “zero tolerance” for violation of rules. The bench also observed that “one problem with India” is that people do not follow the laws.
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