NEW DELHI: Amid wide-spread criticism over the new odd-even vehicular scheme proposed by the Delhi state government, chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal clarified that it would be tried out for a limited period of time and will be stopped if there are difficulties.
With experts and opposition parties questioning the practical possibility of the scheme proposed by the Delhi Government, Kejriwal replied that the government is yet to formulate any guidelines over the implementation of the scheme.
“We have taken a decision in principle. There are several things to be discussed before finalizing the guidelines over the implementation of the scheme. We have to discuss a few things such as the private vehicles to be exempted from the purview of this scheme and the development of public transport”, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said.
“I would like to make it clear to the people of Delhi that the government will not to do anything against the interest of citizens. The scheme will be implemented for a short time, say about 15 days and if there are too many difficulties to address, then it will be stopped”, he added.
The chief minister said that the Government has planned for a strategic implementation of the scheme at a later stage, but was forced to implement it in the wake of the Delhi High Court’s comments describing the atmosphere of Delhi as a ‘gas chamber’.
The Chief Minister urged the residents of Delhi to cooperate with the Government to decrease the pollution impact. “We are all worried of the consequences this pollution may create, if allowed to increase. A sort of panic has been established among the residents about the Delhi’s atmosphere. It’s time for us to do something to address the issue before it reaches out of our hands”, the CM said.
Kejriwal added that his Government is planning to construct dedicated elevated roads for buses to decrease traffic and encourage the use of public transport.
However, the Government is forced to implement the ‘new vehicle scheme’ in a premature stage before developing proper infrastructure to deal with the traffic and pollution.