Odd-even formula: Kejriwal, Cabinet will carpool to work

Stating their efforts to fight pollution are in the right direction, Delhi CM seeks support from citizens; unveils blueprint for odd-even scheme

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal yesterday formally unveiled the blueprint for the introduction of the odd-even formula, for vehicles that will ply in the city and those coming in from the National Capital Region (NCR) from January 1 to January 15, 2016.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal gestures as he addresses reporters yesterday, seeking cooperation from Delhiites  for his odd-even scheme. Pic/PTI
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal gestures as he addresses reporters yesterday, seeking cooperation from Delhiites  for his odd-even scheme. Pic/PTI

Addressing a press conference in the national capital last morning, Kejriwal said, “The government alone can’t fight pollution; it needs the support of the people too. This initiative by this government has received all approvals. Even the Lieutenant Governor has approved this scheme. A notification will be issued on Monday. Pollution is a major problem and an important issue for all of us. Yesterday [Wednesday] was the most polluted day in Delhi. Our initiatives over the last few days show we are moving in the direction of fighting pollution.”

He added that the ambitious odd-even formula will be effective from 8 am to 8 pm and the violators would be fined Rs 2,000. The formula would not be applicable on Sundays.

Ministers to carpool
Sending out a message to people, Kejriwal and his Cabinet have decided to carpool to work during the 15-day implementation of the odd-even formula. The CM said carpooling was the only solution to cope with the formula. “I will share the cars and will do carpooling. It is the most practical thing,” he said. Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said all the Delhi government ministers and officers will follow the scheme from January 1 to January 15.

Police given special power to fine violators
In order to ensure strict implementation of the odd-even formula, the AAP government has given ‘special power’ to the Delhi police to impose a fine of Rs 2,000 on violators. The government also authorised officers from Transport and Revenue departments to penalise the violators, a senior official said.

Exemption for VIPs, women, CNG vehicles and many more
VIPs, women drivers, CNG-certified vehicles, two-wheelers and those carrying the differently abled are among 25 categories that will be exempted from the odd-even formula. Those out of the ambit of the scheme include vehicles of President, VP, PM, Governors, CJI, LS Speaker and Union Ministers.

8am to 8pm
The period during which the ambitious odd-even formula will be effective from Jan 1 to 15

Rs 2,000
Fine to be slapped on the odd-even scheme violators

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