Odd-Even scheme: To boost transport, 6000 more buses to hit Delhi roads

The decision, taken during a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, is one of the government’s measures to improve public transport in light of its odd-even vehicle scheme.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 11, 2015 5:01 am
FILE- Heavy traffic jam near AIIMS in New Delhi recently. In a move to curb pollution, the Delhi government on Friday proposed a 'odd/even' number formula for cars. The move is planned to be rolled out from January 1, 2016. (Source: PTI) FILE- Heavy traffic jam near AIIMS in New Delhi recently. In a move to curb pollution, the Delhi government on Friday proposed a ‘odd/even’ number formula for cars. The move is planned to be rolled out from January 1, 2016. (Source: PTI)

The Delhi government has decided to add 6,000 buses to the city’s roads and augment the public transport system — one among the many decisions taken on Thursday as part of its air pollution control measures.

The decision, taken during a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, is one of the government’s measures to improve public transport in light of its odd-even vehicle scheme.

“We will engage 4,000 additional CNG buses (contract carriage permits) from January 1 to augment the existing fleet… The transport department has also arranged for an additional 2,000 buses, which ferry school children, between January 1-15. In 2,000 of the total 6,000 buses that will be added to the Delhi Transport Corporation’s fleet, 50 per cent seats will be reserved for women to ensure that they do not face any problem in commuting from their homes to places of work,” said transport minister Gopal Rai.

The contract buses will have their own drivers while conductors will be provided by the DTC. A committee — which includes the special commissioner (transport), managing director, DTC and school bus union representatives — has been set up to determine the fare. Route charts of private buses will also be displayed at bus stations.

Rai added that the transport department will allow auto-rickshaws to ply in double shifts — owners will be authorised to give their autos on rent on a shift basis to drivers who have valid licences. Issues like refusal to ply or overcharging will be discussed with auto-rickshaw and taxi unions at a meeting on Friday, he said.

Rai also said the government’s Pooch-O App will be relaunched by December 25. All auto-rickshaw drivers, with or without smartphones, have been asked to update their contact details on the app.

Satyendar Jain — the nodal minister who heads the steering committee on the implementation of the pollution control measures — said discussions have been held with officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. It has been decided that Metros will operate at their peak capacity from January 1, he said.

Rai said they will also hold talks with the union railway minister to strengthen the local train network so that at those living close to railway stations can have alternative means of transport.

Govt cracks the whip

Head of the steering committee for enforcement of pollution control measures and PWD minister Satyendar Jain said the government had decided to crack down on those violating pollution norms:

> All under-construction sites with a built up area more than 20,000 sq mt will be visited weekly by Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) officers

> DPCC to submit report in a week on no. of batch-mixing plants operating in Delhi and inspect them for dust control

> Sub-divisional magistrates to submit action-taken report on inspections on dust control at construction sites within 7 days

> Assistant engineers of PWD to be delegated with powers to inspect construction sites with built up area between 400 and 20,000 sq m.

> NGT may be requested to delegate government to constitute district-wise courts for deciding on violations reported regarding dust control at construction sites

> Necessary changes to be made to Swachh Bharat App by urban development department, to enable receiving complaints on dust at construction site

> Display boards to be installed at construction sites on steps to be taken for dust control

> Municipal corporation to submit action-taken report on trucks carrying construction material

> For burning leaves in parks and gardens, the concerned section officer (Horticulture) of municipal corporations and DDA to challaned

> If material is burned alongside roads, concerned corporation sanitary inspector and DDA to be challaned

> If burning activity is observed in O-zone of Yamuna, DDA chief engineer to be challaned

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    sushil singh
    Apr 27, 2016 at 6:08 pm
    Dear mr. Gopal rai ji, namste. Mera naam sushil singh h.main aap ke odd even scheme ke tahat a public bus suru karna chhahta hu.is vakt mai HYDERABAD me hu.ek taxi chalata hu.thodi bahut savings h.mai ye janna chhahta hu ki khus vagairah de ne ke bad mere bus suru karna ka pura kharch kitna hoga aur complete process kya h..pls contact me on 7207843426
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      Prasarak Mandal
      Dec 12, 2015 at 3:56 am
      Are the buses electric ? We need 'green' transport - so introduce 6000 tongas ...
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        aam aadmi
        Dec 11, 2015 at 9:56 am
        Arvind Kejriwal has ultimately found out that the real culprit causing “AIR POLLUTION” in Delhi is the “MALE OFFICE-GOER using car/two wheeler for commuting to office”. Accordingly, by granting different types of exemptions in w, Arvind Kejriwal is pleased to make his Tughlaqi “ODD-EVEN” anarchy formula practically applicable only to the “MALES going to office by car/two-wheeler”. Is it not a NON-SERIOUS Tughlaqi approach to tackle the SERIOUS problem of Air Pollution?
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          Andy
          Dec 11, 2015 at 8:44 am
          1. the buses should be plied from immediate date rather than 01 Jan. Let us see if the new bus is convenient to us or not. 2. Let us specify that all new vehicles' registration should be accompanied by surrender of an old number plate. At least one number plate will get off road.
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            Andy
            Dec 11, 2015 at 8:47 am
            Ask School buses to ply on DTC bus route till the school gets over. Avoid buying fresh vehicles as it will ad to clutter
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              Andy
              Dec 11, 2015 at 8:48 am
              Widen Roads urgently to avoid jams
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                truthsayer
                Dec 10, 2015 at 9:54 pm
                People of Delhi should follow odd/even formula. If KHUJALI failed to mange and provide other options to travel ... people should march to his resident and throw him on the street. If he manage well people should give him credit.
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                  Hemen Parekh
                  Dec 11, 2015 at 3:30 am
                  A NATION OF NAYSAYERS ? Arvind Kejriwal wants to conquer the pollution in Delhi He is asking Delhi motorists to drive their cars on alternate days , depending on their car number , ending with odd or even number Some ( knowledgeable ? ) people are saying : " This is a hasty decision . It won't work . You have not analyzed the situation properly . There will be many problems . People will be inconvenienced ... " But hardly any of these critics have any concrete / constructive / viable / near-term solution to offer ! Many of these very people have been in power during the past 40 years , when they chose to ignore the problem May be they hoped that the problem will disappear by simply ignoring ! Like an ostrich hiding its head under the sand ! Or , maybe they got " Analysis Paralysis " ( - a chronic disease , rampant among our Policy Makers ! ) Sure , there will be some problems / inconveniences But none as serious as pollution engulfing Delhi None will be insurmountable Each will bring its own solution ! Arvind , Do listen to people to uncover practical solutions But , as Mussolini once said : " If you want to dig a well in the village , you should consult the villagers But if you have to declare a war against an enemy , you are on your own " And , right now pollution is the biggest enemy of Delhi-walas ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ hemen parekh 10 Dec 2015 B2BmessageBlaster
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