New Delhi: In a bid to curb rising pollution, the AAP government on Friday decided that odd and even number vehicles will ply on alternate days in Delhi from January 1, official sources said.
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 High Court on Thursday said that living in Delhi was “akin to living in a gas chamber”, asking the central and city government to act strongly to curb pollution and present “comprehensive action” plans to combat it.
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.
On Twitter, however, Arvind Kejriwal government’s move to reduce pollution apparently received little support with the majority of the people reacting cynically, wondering how the authorities would execute the decision on the ground.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to AAP government’s ‘Odd-Even’ formula.
With so high salary, I am sure all MLAs can afford to buy two cars now, one with odd number and one with even.
— Ashish Pandey (@AshishPandeyNBT) December 4, 2015
Much as I feel that odd-even number plates is tough to implement, all Delhites must support the Govt for the sake of the city's children.
— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) December 4, 2015
Serious medical emergency on odd number day? No problem! Go buy a car with even number plate & reach the hospital! https://t.co/eHOOVYxySj
— Mihir Bijur (@MihirBijur) December 4, 2015
So Delhi govt makes first, bold move to curb pollution & traffic. Odd & even number restrictions from 1st Jan. Congrats @ArvindKejriwal
— Zakka Jacob (@Zakka_Jacob) December 4, 2015
Interesting experiment. Will be good to see how this is implemented in a city where you often hear, " jaanta nahi… https://t.co/WS6fpaYtuS
— JENCY JACOB (@JENCYJACOB1) December 4, 2015
Each MLA of #Delhi will be provided with two cars,one with odd,while other with even number plate,so that they can serve people without fear
— Ashok Garekar (@DrGarekar) December 4, 2015
now they will make a policy that people with names starting with Vowels will work on even days, consonants odd days @bhavatoshsingh
— Ashhar (@ashharkhan1) December 4, 2015
I hope odd and even numbers on alternate days in Delhi doesn't mean people buy second cars! Or fake license plates! https://t.co/QHQ52ivano
— Vikram Chandra (@vikramchandra) December 4, 2015
Desperate times desperate measures: Govt to cut air pollution by 50 % by enforcing even and odd no vehicles on alternate day frm Jan 1, 2016
— Ankit Lal (@ankitlal) December 4, 2015
— Diandra Soares (@diandrasoares13) December 4, 2015
Sad for people having two cars both either odd or even number plates 🙂 https://t.co/rCdieDxURW
— Madhukar (@sinhamadhukar) December 4, 2015
(With inputs from IANS)
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