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Carpooling is the only practical solution: Kejriwal

Breathe delhi Updated: Dec 29, 2015 17:16 IST

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a session of the 9th Jagran Forum in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has said he and his ministers will pool cars when road space rationing to check pollution comes into effect from January 1.

“We’ll follow the odd-even rule, my ministers will follow and also the government officials. We’ll share cars, we’ll do carpooling. It is the most practical thing,” Kejriwal said.

The odd-even formula -- under which vehicles with odd and even number licence plates can access the roads on alternate days -- starts on a 15-day trial basis from the new year.

“Looking at pollution levels in Delhi in the past one month, which created a lot of panic and nervousness among people, we had to take some steps,” Kejriwal said on Wednesday at the launch of NDTV consulting editor Barkha Dutt’s book, “The Unquiet Land”.

The chief minister said carpooling will be the “most practical solution” and that his government was also planning to launch a carpooling app.

“Don’t expect public transport to improve in 15 days. We are trying to release 4000-5000 buses and also increase the capacity of the metro by 15-20%,” he added.

Earlier in the day, after meeting union home minister Rajnath Singh, Kejriwal said he received a positive response from the central government on his road space rationing scheme.

“He (home minister) said the central government and the Delhi Police will cooperate,” he said.

The Aam Aadmi Party government’s radical suggestion, which was endorsed by the Chief Justice of India among others, has its share of critics. The move is expected to cut down the number of private vehicles on Delhi’s roads by half