Congress slams curb on private vehicles, BJP terms it ‘half-baked’

By: | Published: December 5, 2015 6:46 PM

The Delhi government's decision to adopt odd and even number formula for plying of private vehicles came in for sharp criticism from Opposition parties with Congress...

The Delhi government’s decision to adopt odd and even number formula for plying of private vehicles came in for sharp criticism from Opposition parties with Congress today describing it as “anti-people” and BJP dubbing it as “half-baked and knee-jerk”.

Environmentalist Sunita Narain, however, supported the move, saying pollution in Delhi was at a health emergency level and such steps were needed.

BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli termed the move as “half- baked and knee-jerk” and said the Delhi government should come out with a “comprehensive” approach.

Congress general secretary and spokesperson Shakeel Ahmad said that Arvind Kejriwal government’s decision was aimed at cheap publicity and will cause harassment to the common man.

“The Kejriwal government practises gimmickry for cheap publicity. This is not practical and will harass the common man,” he said.

According to Kohli, it will create problems for self- employed people, doctors and advocates who need private cars for fast movement at a short notice and also for women who prefer the privacy of their cars in odd hours.

“Does the Kejriwal government have solution for them,” he asked.

He said it will also be an “implementation nightmare” for agencies like Delhi police which, he added, will be asked to execute the decision.

“A correct approach will be to think of a long-term solution involving every stake-holder,” he said, adding that the public transport system in the national capital was already overburdened and not as efficient as in some western cities where such a decision was in force.

Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the government welcomes any step to curb pollution but it should be practical.

Questioning the rationale behind the decision, Ahmad said what will happen to somebody in a health emergency if the car taking him to hospital has a number which is prohibited from plying on that day.

The vehicles of MPs, MLAs and government officials will be allowed but the common man will be affected, he said.

Narain supported the decision and said it should have been implemented immediately.

“I will definitely like to welcome this,” she said. She admitted that it will inconvenience people but said it was an emergency measure taken for some time.

In a radical step to curb alarming air pollution, Delhi Government today restricted plying of private vehicles bearing odd and even registration numbers to alternate days from January 1 in the national capital.

The measures were announced following an emergency meeting chaired by Kejriwal, a day after the Delhi High Court compared the city to a “gas chamber”.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE and NSE and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Switch to Hindi Edition