In the second phase of the odd-even scheme that will start on April 15, the Delhi government will monitor air quality in the capital as well as in the National Capital Region (NCR), which includes Noida and Gurgaon. This time, the government will engage private CNG carriers as ‘Paryavaran Bus Seva’, but school buses will be kept out, said the minister. Registrations for these buses will open on March 28 and close on April 14.
The fortnight-long pollution control measure, first started by the AAP government on January 1 as an experiment, will be back this summer. The government is likely issue a final notification of its details on April 8.
“Last time, all the air quality monitoring was done in Delhi but this time, we are making a plan to monitor NCR as well. We will establish our air quality monitoring system in NCR. This will help us compare developments in areas which have implemented the odd-even scheme and areas which have not,” said Transport Minister Gopal Rai.
He said that in the first phase of the scheme, air quality was monitored at 20 points in Delhi. This time, the government will also undertake ‘rotational route monitoring’.
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“This means our monitoring vehicles will carry out sampling on the same route twice. Instead of points, they will monitor the route. This will help examine the effect on the route and on the roads around it. The environment department is making the necessary preparations, to enable us to carry out advanced sampling, compared to last time,” said Rai.
The first coordination meeting of the odd-even scheme, held on Monday, was attended by representatives of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and the special commissioner of Delhi Police. “They will submit their detailed plan by the next meeting,” said Rai.
The minister said that the government is yet to take a decision on exemptions to be granted during the second phase of the vehicle rationing scheme and fine amount to be imposed. In the first phase, the government had exempted women drivers, two-wheelers, the President, the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of India and diplomatic corps vehicles, among others, from the scheme. The time when the policy will be in effect — 8 am to 8 pm — is likely to remain the same, said Rai. While sub-divisional magistrates had helped in implementing the policy in its first phase, this time, their assistance will be sought only in case of an emergency.
The transport department’s enforcement wing will have the job of monitoring odd-even violations and the government will recruit 400 ex-servicemen to help with the process. “The ex-servicemen will be appointed from the Rajya Sainik Board. Their interviews will begin on March 28 and duties will be allocated on April 1. The enforcement wing and the ex-servicemen will monitor and issue challans to violators of the odd-even scheme,” said Rai.