January 9, 2016 4:07:25 am
Denying that there is a plan to follow Delhi in introducing an odd-even vehicle scheme in Rajasthan, state Transport Minister Yunus Khan on Friday said the government has, however, initiated steps to review pollution control measures and that it will be ready with a report by the end of the month.
“There is a discussion going on about the odd-even scheme all over the country and there is curiosity as to whether it will be implemented in Rajasthan. But let me clarify, the government is not considering it at the moment. However, we are indeed worried about the pollution in the state and have initiated a comprehensive review of the pollution control measures taken so far,” Khan told reporters here.
“There are three categories of vehicles: public, private and commercial. First of all, we will decide the life of these vehicles, starting from scratch. Second, we will study the relevant orders and directives with the National Green Tribunal, Supreme Court, the Union government, as well as measures taken by our neighbouring states to curb pollution. And once this study is completed, we will follow it up with decisions in the interest of the public,” he said.
Khan added that Jaipur will be taken up as the location for pilot tests before putting a new system in place. He said that beginning with Jaipur, there will be an overhaul of pollution control as well as traffic management in the state. “I am monitoring the study on a day-to-day basis and have also roped in experts. We have set January 31 as the deadline for the completion of the study,” he said.
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Khan also said that in a meeting of a cabinet sub-committee on Road Safety Thursday under Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, it has been decided to implement the lane system for 4-6 lane roads in the state.
“We will observe Road Safety Week between January 18-24 and will counsel drivers on the Delhi-Jaipur highway, going up to Beawar, about the lane system,” he said.
“We will seize the mobile phones of those talking on phone while driving and amend the laws concerned for the same, if necessary. Then, we will conduct a drive between 6 am and 12 am on an undisclosed date across the state against those indulging in drinking and driving,” Khan said.
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