Transport Minister Gopal Rai Monday said Rs 1.5 crore has been generated from challans issued during the odd-even in a fortnight. This money is going to be used to provide a subsidy on the purchase of cycle, the minister had said earlier.
“After January 15, when all the money is collected, we will make cycles cheaper for people to buy by providing a subsidy,” said Rai.
The subsidy will remain the same, regardless of whether people buy an expensive or an ordinary bicycle. “We will give a fixed amount of subsidy, irrespective of the bicycle model,” said Rai.
Rai said roads will be redesigned with cycle lanes. “We want to make it safe and viable for people to cycle to work and adopt it as a mode of transport in the city. We want people to use cycles in case they want to visit their nearby market. This is what we will focus on in the coming months, apart from the odd-even rule. “ Rai said while taking a bus ride Monday.
The minister, however, did not specify any concrete plans pertaining to the subsidy. He said all plans will be made after January 15, when the odd-even plan will be reassessed. Rai also said the government will concentrate on curbing air pollution from sources other than vehicles.
“We will concentrate on issuing fines to those who burn waste in the open and who do not follow norms at construction sites. After January 15, we will not be restricting ourselves to curbing vehicular pollution only. We will broaden the scope to cover curbing all sources of pollution,” he said.
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