Odd, even formula: AAP’s ‘knee jerk’ solution for Delhi lambasted by Cong

By: | Updated: December 5, 2015 9:52 PM

Odd, even formula: The Congress Party dubbed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government's initiative to curb the alarming rise in air pollution in the city by imposing the vehicle ban in Delhi on alternate days to be a 'knee jerk' response...

Odd, even formula: The Congress Party on Saturday dubbed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government’s initiative to curb the alarming rise in air pollution in the city by imposing the vehicle ban in Delhi on alternate days to be a ‘knee jerk’ response without making adequate alternative arrangements for the same.

Congress leader P.C. Chacko said that the AAP Government had not done anything to improve the public transport system of the national capital, which is a prerequisite before imposing any restriction on use of private vehicles in the city.

“Any action taken as a knee jerk response to the problem that the city is facing will not be a scientific solution. Reducing the number of vehicles on the road is an idea being discussed over a period of time. Today the metro is overflowing and buses are also not there in enough numbers, so has the government thought of alternative arrangements,” Chacko told ANI.

“This government has not done a single thing to improve public transport system of Delhi. They have taken a decision but they have not considered the adequate alternative arrangements,” he added.

The Delhi Government on Friday announced a slew of measures starting January 1 to bring down pollution levels in the national capital.

According to the announcement, vehicles with odd and even number plates will be driven on alternate days.

Delhi Chief Secretary K.K. Sharma said that extra DTC buses will be started and collaboration would be sought with the Delhi Metro to run more number of trains to manage the commuters who will not be able to drive down to their destinations.

The announcement was made after an emergency meeting called by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, a day after the Delhi High Court said living in Delhi was like ‘living in a gas chamber.

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