The Delhi government has decided to exempt women from the second phase of odd-even, a scheme to control pollution in the capital, which starts on April 15. In a meeting, where coordination committee and the cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, decided that women women would continue to be exempted from the ambit of the pollution control plan as women’s safety was still a matter of concern in the capital, while cars carrying cars school students would also be exempted during the Odd-Even phase II.
During this meeting, senior officials from the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), Delhi Metro and the Revenue Department assured the CM that they were ready for the implementation of the pollution-control plan. The Delhi government will face the challenge of school children this time, as during the first phase of the odd-even rule schools were closed. So the cabinet also wanted to exempt parents taking their children to schools, said Rai.
The registration of almost 400 private buses under the Paryavaran Bus Sewa service was ongoing said Rai. These buses will serve to the additional load of commuters. “Last time, there wasn’t enough publicity about the buses but this time, conductors have been asked to announce at every stop that the buses will be used to ferry the public,” said Rai.
Certain VIPs as well as two-wheelers are also granted with the exemption, in the forthcoming phase, said Transport Minister Gopal Rai. Adding to this, Rai said, “In our surveys, people were against the exemption granted to VIPs, but we do not want to create any political controversy. So, the exemption will continue.”
Source: Indian Express