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Odd-even scheme: Kejriwal tells school students to dissuade violators of the rule

Arvind Kejriwal also encouraged school students to convince their parents and relatives to go for carpooling

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: December 30, 2015 5:31 pm
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Hundreds of school children today took pledge in the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to fight pollution and convince their parents, relatives and friends to adhere to the odd-even scheme to be rolled out in two days.

“Convince your parents, relatives and friends to follow the odd-even scheme. We are to do this not out of any imposition, but because it is important for our health and life.

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“If you see anyone violating the odd-even scheme, just roll down your car window and ask that person to go back home. If the same person receives 10 such remarks in a day, it would stir his conscience and persuade him to keep his car off the road,” Kejriwal said, addressing the students at Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya in north Delhi’s Civil Lines.

Before the students took the oath, the Chief Minister also encouraged them to convince their parents and relatives to go for carpooling, as public transport vehicles like buses and Delhi Metro are likely to be quite crowded for 15 days during which the scheme is to be implemented, starting January 1.

“I, myself, shall carpool with Transport Minister Gopal Rai, who lives not very far away from my residence,” Kejriwal said.

During the programme ‘Pollution Free Delhi’, a student asked the Chief Minister about the exemption on medical emergencies provided in the scheme and how is it to be implemented on the ground, to which Kejriwal replied by saying that the scheme is largely based on trust.

On being asked about the probability of people buying two cars to evade the scheme, the Chief Minister called it a “baseless claim” being propagated for the past few days.

“Media is exaggerating about people buying two cars to evade the scheme. Not too many people are that rich, and the affluent ones already have more than one car. These are all baseless claims being propagated from the past few days. And above all, it is not a permanent scheme anywhere,” said Kejriwal.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Rai were also present on the occasion.

Kejriwal asked the students to tell their parents to get pollution under control certificates for their vehicles even as he said that the state government is taking necessary measures to curb pollution from industrial units located in the capital.

A sixth class student approached the Chief Minister and said that he wants to bicycle to school. However, he is scared of the big vehicles on the road.

Calling the child close to the podium, Kejriwal said that the AAP government is already working on a road redesigning plan and most roads in Delhi will soon have separate cycling lanes.

Replying to another question, Kejriwal referred to some people having converted their petrol cars to CNG in view of the exemption for the latter provided in the scheme, but said that no such rule for compulsory conversion of vehicles can be enforced.

At the outset, the Chief Minister began by explaining to the children the issue of air pollution, particularly discussing the harm caused PM 2.5 and PM 10.

He also mentioned about a series of measures, including vacuum cleaning of roads from April 1 in the coming year to launching of application to report instances of people burning garbage and planning by-pass roads for heavy vehicles which move from one state to another via Delhi.

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  1. G
    Dec 30, 2015 at 9:05 am
    More than vehicle pollution, it is corruption that is destroying the country. Can he follow up the CWG scam and bring the culprits to book instead of making false accusations against Jaitley?
    1. J
      Dec 30, 2015 at 9:15 am
      “Media is exaggerating about people buying two cars to evade the scheme. Not too many people are that rich, and the affluent ones already have more than one car" - so Kejriwal admits that the scheme favours affluent and rich people, as they have already more than one car. It is the middle cl that voted for AAP, and Kejriwal seems to be targeting the very same people that voted for him. If he really wanted to implement the scheme without any bias, he should have brought a law that one family should own only one car and cancel the permit for the extra cars.
      1. V
        Dec 30, 2015 at 9:00 am
        Given his background of making false accusations and gutter language, better to keep children away from this arrogant guy, otherwise they may end up as liars.
        1. D
          Dr amit
          Dec 30, 2015 at 9:09 am
          Why are we doctors not responding to the odd and even policy of vehicles playing in delhi from 1st of jan. Is it practical for doctors to follow such a routine? Can the doctors be put to such a policy? Can we be subjected to this policy? How will the doctors on emergency calls reach to hospitals who have an even numbered car on an odd numbered day and vice versa. Why are our medical councils not speaking about it? Why are we all shut about this? I would like to point out here that 1) Delhi has various garbage dump sites . we all know how they smell round the year . If you have a look at them in the day there is smoke from some or the other part of the sites . and of course you can see the burning garbage clearly during the dark .Is this not pollution . one of such beautiful sights is the Ghazipur Garbage Mountain. All are welcome to have a look . 2) Delhi is surrounded with open drains which are continuously emitting harmful chemical ges which are also corrosive in nature apart from just simple harmful . But we seem to ignore the sights of a open drains . should this not be tackled . 3) The construction at almost all parts of Delhi has lead to the high levels of dust which is infact one of the major causes of pollution . Should this not be taken care of by the concerned authorities . INFACT ALL OUR PRIVATE CARS ARE POLLUTION COMPLIANT AS THE NEWER COMPANIES TODAY ADHERE TO THE EMISSION NORMS . SO WE AS PRIVATE CAR OWNERS END UP BEING THE LEAST POLLUTING . SO WHAT IS THE ANSWER ??? AND HOW TO GET IT ?????????? THIS ODD AND EVEN POLICY IS ONLY AN UNNECESSARY TROUBLE MAKER . Also delhi needs to switch of its engines on signal lights to reduce pollution n. there are many unnecessary traffic signal lights . in Delhi . Mind needs to be applied here and not at odd and even numbers of cars allowed on the road .
          1. P
            Dec 30, 2015 at 8:13 am
            Kejriwal , most all the schools of north delhi are opening around 12 january to conduct pre board examination. How our child will be going to the school on those days for the pre board paper. Kulachi Hansraj Model School is conducting the paper on 12 january and the school is not providing any school transport bcoz of odd even rule. W being the parent have to drop the child and then pick them after the paper. How is this possible for a PARENT??? ASk the schools to conduct paper after odd even trial and keep the school closed during those days.
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