The Delhi High Court on Wednesday served a notice to the state government asking why Women and two-wheelers are exempted from the Odd-Even scheme. At the same time, the court sought response of the Delhi Education Department (DoE) on a plea against its direction to private unaided schools to provide their buses to run as public transport during the operation of the odd-even scheme. The ambitious scheme of road-rationing for private cars based on their licence numbers is set to come in force from 8:00 AM, January 1, 2016. The scheme will be put to test on a trial basis for 15 days.
Hearing a plea on the Odd-Even scheme, the Delhi High Court sought to know from the Kejriwal government why it has decided to exempt the women drivers and two-wheelers. The High Court will hear next on the matter on January 6, 2016.
Earlier, releasing its blue-print of the Odd-Even scheme, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the ambitious scheme will have the CNG-certified cars, two wheelers, cars driven by women drivers and those carrying the differently-abled, besides a host of high-office dignitaries out of its ambit. To enforce the scheme, AAP government had also announced that violations will attract a penalty of Rs 2,000.
Even the cars with NCR and other states’ registration number plates will not be exempted.
Listing out exemptions, Kejriwal had announced that the cars being driven by a woman alone or even while being accompanied by children up to the age of 12 would be exempted while cases of medical emergencies would be treated on “basis of trust”. President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, Union Ministers and Governors and Chief Ministers of states and Union Territories, Vehicles bearing defence ministry number plates and those of Special Protection Group Protectees (SPG) would not be covered by the scheme.
Emergency and enforcement vehicles such as ambulances, fire brigade, police vehicles, transport department vehicles too has been kept out of its ambit.
Meanwhile, the state government has made elaborate arrangements for the Odd-Even scheme. Besides, increase in the number of buses for public transport and increased frequency in Metro rail services, the Delhi government will also run special buses for the commuters from Ghaziabad and Noida.
Delhi’s Metro services too will be making 70 additional trips during the odd-even trial period to tackle expected rush of passengers
“We will be pressing into service the maximum number of trains possible operationally during this period keeping only the essential maintenance reserve,” a metro official told the press adding, “During the 15-day of odd-even scheme, there will be over 3,000 trips” instead of existing 2,000 trips.
The Delhi government has also tied up with the micro-blogging site Twitter to facilitate real-time information on public transport to commuters on the social media during the 15 days the odd-even scheme is implemented.
Early on Wednesday morning, in a televised event, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal read out a pledge urging school children to encourage the scheme among their peers and family members.
“If you happen to spot a violation in the next car, then roll down your window and tell them – uncle, please go back home,” he said.
(With inputs from the PTI)