The Chief Justice of India, Justice TS Thakur has thrown his weight behind Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s odd-even formula to curb rising pollution in the capital.
Justice Thakur said on Saturday that ‘judges have no problem with odd-even formula of Delhi government’ adding that ‘Supreme Court judges were ready to follow AAP government’s odd-even car rule.’
Buoyed by this huge support from the senior most judge in India, Kejriwal was quick to take to twitter to thank him.
He tweeted, “CJI’s support 2 odd even formula is welcome n huge encouragement. SC judges pooling cars wud inspire millions 2 follow. Thank u My Lords.(sic)”
CJI's support 2 odd even formula is welcome n huge encouragement. SC judges pooling cars wud inspire millions 2 follow. Thank u My Lords.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 6, 2015
Delhi government on Friday had announced an action plan for controlling air pollution in the national capital including introducing a new initiative to allow plying of vehicles with odd-even numbers on alternate days.
This means that vehicles with even numbers will be allowed to ply on one day and those with odd numbers on the following day. And thus the cycle will go on.
Responding to his critics who opposed this idea, Kejriwal said on Saturday that the decision of allowing private vehicles with even-odd registration numbers on alternate days was contingency step and would be discontinued if it inconvenienced the public.
He said before taking the drastic step the city government wanted to strengthen public transport, but had to resort to it following the panic triggered by increasing pollution in the capital.