His statement comes in the wake of increasing air pollution in Delhi and the surrounding area
Nov 17, Delhi: In the wake of increasing air pollution in the National Capital Regions and surrounding areas, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot urged people to use public transport. He also said that to smoothly implement the odd-even scheme, the government would hire 1,000 private buses.
Speaking to ANI, Gehlot said “We held a meeting with Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) to hire 1,000 private buses to increase fleet for smooth functioning of the odd-even scheme. The rates are almost final; we will issue public notice tomorrow. Delhi government is always ready for odd-even. We started it here under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal and now it is part of the Graded Response Action Plan (Grap); we are ready to follow it at any notice.”
Referring to the suggestions of the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) he said,” “Delhi government is taking all measures (to curb pollution); I appeal neighbouring states to take pollution seriously. Pollution problem is not Delhi-centric; it has to do with the National Capital Region, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and other adjoining states. Concrete steps should be taken by them.”
The Delhi Transport Authority has sent a proposal to the Delhi Disaster Management Authourity to allow passengers to travel standing up. Also, the CAQM yesterday issued directions to ban construction work and close schools, as well as encouraging work from home and 50 percent capacity offices until November 21. Until the aforementioned date, trucks without essential supplies are also barred. The commission has also directed that six of the eleven thermal power plants within 300 km of Delhi are to be closed.
Edited by Arnav Chandrasekhar