Odd-even: Delhi govt running shuttles for MPs during Parliament session

Updated on Apr 25, 2016 02:36 PM IST

The shuttle service has been launched in view of the request by some Parliamentarians seeking exemption from Kejriwal government’s odd-even traffic plan which has entered the second week.

File photo of the Parliament building in New Delhi.
File photo of the Parliament building in New Delhi.
Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent, New Delhi

The Delhi government on Monday started a special shuttle service for Members of Parliament to enable them to attend the Budget session.

The shuttle service has been launched in view of the request by some Parliamentarians seeking exemption from Kejriwal government’s odd-even traffic plan which has entered the second week.

Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai said that six special DTC buses for MPs, saying there was no need for them to be exempted from the traffic-rationing scheme.

The driving restrictions aimed at cleaning the city’s toxic air came up for discussion on Sunday at an all-party meeting called by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to discuss the agenda of the session that is to begin on Monday, sources said.

Read | Odd-even shadow on Parliament, some MPs want exemption

The MPs are not exempted in the Delhi government’s car restriction scheme. The second phase of the odd-even scheme started on April 15 and will continue till April 30.

On Sunday, Rai had said: “I appeal to all parliamentarians to follow the odd-even rule and also do car-pooling with other MPs.”

Three special buses for MPs will leave from North Avenue and South Avenue via Akbar Road and Ashoka Road, respectively, the minister said, adding that the city government will run more buses, if required.

The minister also spoke to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and sought her co-operation to make the scheme a success.

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