The Delhi high court on Wednesday sought response from AAP government about why two-wheelers and women drivers have been exempted from the odd-even scheme in the national capital.
The court asked to file a response on the same by January 6.
It also refused to entertain a plea seeking exemption for lawyers. Apart from lawyers, traders and doctors have also been seeking exemption from the rule.
Delhi government has decided to implement an even-odd scheme for cars for 15 days from January 1, 2016, to check pollution in the city. During this period cars with registration numbers ending in odd digits will be allowed to ply on odd dates and those ending in even digits will run on even dates. However, there are certain exemptions including two-wheelers, cars driven by women and cars having only women occupants.
The city has 2.7 million registered private cars. Half of these vehicles are expected to be off the road daily, which means thousands of people will need some mode of transport. The government has made arrangements to cope with the extra rush, adding 3,000 buses to the existing fleet and announcing an increase in the frequency of the Delhi Metro during the two-week trial period.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday urged school children to ask their parents to follow the odd-even scheme and encouraged them to opt for car pooling in order to reduce the pollution levels in the capital.
“You should talk to and convince your parents to get a Pollution Under Control certificate... Convince your parents to follow the odd-even rule,” Kejriwal told students during an event in the city.
Kejriwal also said that his government was planning to start vacuum cleaning the streets of Delhi from April, just like in Europe and other foreign countries.
Meanwhile, Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai asserted that the “dry run” to be conducted by the government on December 31 was only to create awareness of the “Odd-Even” formula, adding that no vehicle would be challaned and there would be no effect on the public.
“Police has been a part of the Coordination Committee of the Odd-Even formula put forward by us. But there were some misunderstandings which were cleared in the meeting with the Delhi Police Commissioner yesterday. We also told him about the complete plan as to what would be the role of civil defence, SDM, transport enforcement wing and Delhi Police. We have prepared a full action plan,” Rai told ANI.
“Tomorrow between 9-11 am, there would be a coordination trial of all the teams. In the coordination trial run, it would be decided as to where would the civil defence, traffic police teams and SDMs teams would be deployed. The public won?t face disruptions during this period. No vehicle would be challaned. Volunteers would be there to create awareness among the public,” he added.