NEW DELHI: After meeting the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, requesting the Centre’s support over the implementation of the proposed odd-even vehicle policy in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hinted at exempting vehicles driven by a lone woman or carrying women patient.
It has been reported that the Union Home Ministry has advised the Delhi CM to consider the likes of women traveling alone from their work place and and those handling emergencies before implementing the odd-even policy.
The Delhi Government has proposed to implement a controversial odd-even vehicle policy from January 1st, 2015 keeping in mind the adverse effects of the polluted environment in the National capital. The scheme allows vehicles with odd and even numbers to ply on the Delhi roads on alternate days.
Earlier, CM Kejriwal clarified that the scheme will be implemented for a period of 15 days to observe the difficulties arising with the odd-even policy and promised that the Government may discard the policy if it proves to be difficult for residents.
After meeting the Home Minister Rajnath Singh, CM Kejriwal said “We have approached the Home Minister to discuss the implementation of the new vehicle policy in Delhi. The Union Government responded positively and extended its support to the Delhi government in combating pollution”.
Sources said that the Home Minister had requested the Delhi CM to consider all the possibilities of errors before going ahead with the new policy. It has been reported that Mr Singh had advised Kejriwal to look over other pollution cutting measures apart from controlling the plying of vehicles.
He also warned against the misuse of the policy by the rich who can afford two cars and hinted over weeding out age-old vehicles by allowing only CNG vehicles to be sold in Delhi, hereafter.
The Delhi Chief Minister, also requested the Centre over installing CCTV cameras in various parts of Delhi to monitor peace and tranquility.