Home minister assured me of full cooperation from police on odd-even formula: Arvind Kejriwal


Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that the union home minister Rajnath Singh had assured him of full cooperation from the ministry and Delhi Police to make Odd-Even formula to curb air pollution a success.

Kejriwal, who met Singh on Wednesday afternoon said, “I met Rajnath Singh and the response was very positive. He said that there will be full cooperation from the Delhi police and from the Centre. The Home Minister had certain apprehensions about it and I said that we will think over it and address those apprehensions.”

The Delhi CM said that Singh asked if single woman drive could be exempted from the plan.

He said, “The Home Minister asked if we need to think about whether single woman driving vehicles should be exempted? Whether all women should be exempted. What about sick people and what about senior citizens.  I told him that all this will be thought about and we will bring in a comprehensive policy.”

Delhi government’s Odd-Even formula to curb air pollution will kick in from 1 January with the rules being applicable between 8 in the morning till 8 in the evening.

There will be no restrictions on Sunday.

Addressing a news conference at the Delhi secretariat, the transport minister in Delhi government, Gopal Rai had said that the decision on two-wheelers will be taken on 10 December.

He said, “15-day trial will start from 1 Jan 2016 and we will assess the success before taking a call on whether to continue with this arrangement further.”

Rai also announced that the government had shelved earlier plan to dedicate Monday, Wednesday and Fridays for vehicle with odd numbers and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for even number vehicles.

Under the new rule, the vehicles with odd registration numbers will ply on odd dates (1, 3,5,7,9 etc), while vehicles with even numbers will run on even dates of the month.