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Kejriwal writes to PM Modi, seeks help for odd-even formula

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New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday sought cooperation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to implement the odd-even formula aimed at reducing the number of vehicles on Delhi’s roads.

In a letter in Hindi to Modi, Kejriwal urged the prime minister to tell all his ministers and secretaries in the ministries to help implement the radical step that is aimed battling rising pollution in the capital.

He said the implementation of the proposed plan between January 1 and 15 will benefit if the prime minister issued the necessary direction or appeal.

Here’s the full transcript of the letter:

Honourable Prime Ministerji,

As you are aware that pollution has become a menace to the people of Delhi. We all are responsible for the issue and together we will have to find a solution to it.

In this direction, the Delhi government is taking many steps. One of the important decisions is to limit the number of vehicles on Delhi roads. In this regard, we have on an experimental basis taken a decision to implement the odd-even formula for the plying of motor cars between January 1-15, that is, in this period on one day only odd numbered cars will be allowed, while on another day only even numbered cars will be permitted. For the proper implementation of the plan, a detailed strategy is being chalked out. However, one thing is certain this rule will not be applicable on taxis, autos, public vehicles, ambulances and other emergency vehicles.

We are taking this unexpected and unpopular decision to reduce pollution in Delhi. Certainly, many people will have to face inconvenience because of this. But I believe this step to rid Delhi of pollution will be supported by one and all. In the case of favourable outcomes, we can repeat the odd-even formula. In this period, I and my colleagues will follow the plan and use car pooling to travel in the city. 

Through this letter, I urge you to motivate your ministers and supporters to adhere to the odd-even formula. In this manner, a good message will go out to the people of Delhi, giving strength to our efforts.

I am convinced if you would issue necessary instructions in this regard, it would have a significant impact in the country.

Thank you

Arvind Kejriwal

(With inputs from agencies)

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