Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal recorded an audio message on Monday, urging people to give the ‘odd-even’ restriction on plying of vehicles a chance, while officials met to work out its modalities even as the Delhi Police said they have not yet been approached regarding enforcement.
Delhi home minister Satyender Jain, however, asserted that police is a part of government and “not the government”. It is the police’s responsibility to implement the law enacted by the government, he said.
In his message, which will be released on Tuesday, Kejriwal sought the support of people for the proposal’s success and said it will be applicable to him and all the ministers as well, a senior government official said.
Amid debates over the practicality of the proposed alternate-days rule for plying of vehicles on the streets, transport minister Gopal Rai said the government will come out with a “foolproof plan” before December 25.
Jain also told a TV channel that the odd-even formula will not be applicable on two-wheelers running in the national capital, which was later downplayed by the government, saying the details were yet to be worked out.
“The odd-even formula will only be applicable on private cars plying in Delhi. For now, the movement of two-wheelers, taxis, autos will be not be restricted on alternate days under this formula,” the minister told a TV channel.
Kejriwal has called a review meeting with concerned ministers and officials on Tuesday, to discuss the detailed plan which will be put before the CM. A committee -- chaired by Jain -- has prepared a detailed report ahead of the review meet.
The chief minister also tweeted that he had sought a meeting with Union home minister Rajnath Singh to “discuss implementation of the odd-even formula” in the national capital from January 1.
Jain is also scheduled a meeting Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a senior official of Delhi Traffic Police said there is no clarity till now regarding the legal provisions under which people who violate the odd-even formula will be prosecuted.
“They (the government) are yet to approach us for a reasonable discussion on the scheme, which is imperative for its implementation,” he said.
Amid all these, the air quality plunged into the ‘severe’ category in places across Delhi, with real time readings showing PM 2.5 five times above the prescribed limit at times, which has the potential to affect healthy people and “seriously impact” those with existing respiratory ailments.
(With inputs from IANS)