Delhi government released the blue-print of the Odd-Even scheme for plying of private vehicles in Delhi starting January 1, 2016. The ambitious scheme, which will be put to test on a trial basis for 15 days, will have out of its ambit the CNG-certified vehicles, two wheelers, cars driven by women drivers and those carrying the differently-abled, besides a host of high-office dignitaries. To enforce the scheme, AAP government have announced that violations will attract a penalty of Rs 2,000.
Addressing the presser over his government’s readiness for the 15-day trial period, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal claimed they have received all necessary approvals for the scheme. A notification for its implementation would be issued next Monday.
“If people are not too inconvenienced, if public transport has enough capacity, we will implement it in stages. If large scale violation is reported, the government would have no option but to discontinue the scheme,” Arvind Kejriwal said.
The Chief Minister of Delhi, however, stressed that he himself and his ministers will not be exempted.
Detailing further on the blueprint of the scheme, he said, the scheme would be applicable from 8 AM to 8 PM on all days except Sunday. Even the cars with NCR and other states’ registration number plates will not be exempted.
Listing out exemptions, the Delhi CM clarified that 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.
Stressing on the need for a “cultural change”, Arvind Kejriwal added that his government will even adopt some noble ways of dealing with the violations.
“About 10,000 NCC and NSS volunteers would be pressed into service who will offer roses to violators so that there is a mindset change. Students across Delhi would also be made to take oath on December 30,” he said.
Detailing further, the Delhi Chief Minister added that cars will also be penalised if found parked on a designated bus lanes and the owners of CNG-fitted cars will need to show prescribed stickers.
According to the government’s plan, it will run 6,000 additional buses to accommodate commuters after the implementation of odd-even scheme. There are over 19 lakh private four-wheelers registered in Delhi and nearly half of these will go off the roads with the implementation of AAP government’s ambitious odd-even formula.
(With inputs from the PTI)