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Odd-even phase 2: NGT directs pollution control board to monitor pollution levels

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to independently monitor and record the data of ambient air quality in Delhi during the ongoing second phase of the odd-even scheme.

A bench, headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar, also asked CPCB to record and analyse the data of before and after the fortnight-long scheme period.

A file image of challan being issued for non-compliance of the Odd-Even rule. Firstpost.

A file image of challan being issued for non-compliance of the odd-even rule. Firstpost.

During the brief hearing, counsel for Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) informed the green panel that they have already been recording the data independently for ambient air quality in the national capital in the context of the car rationing scheme, which would end on 30 April.

The bench, while disposing of a petition filed by scientist Mahendra Pandey, previously associated with CPCB, said the concerned agencies will record and independently monitor the air pollution level during the running of the scheme.

He has sought independent monitoring of air quality index and alleged that vehicular emission was not a major contributing factor to the pollution.

In his petition, while referring to an IIT Roorkee study, Pandey has claimed that no significant change in air quality was registered during the first phase of the scheme which was in force between 1 to 15 January.

“In fact, as per the data provided by CPCB, it is clear that during odd even days the pollution levels were much higher than the pre-period and the post-period which raises serious concern about the much-hyped odd-even formula.

“After the completion of first phase of odd-even scheme, tall claims were made by the Delhi government by publishing advertisements in newspapers about its success. However, no data was made public regarding the level of pollution till today. Therefore, the claims of success of the odd-even scheme is meaningless as it is not supported by any data,” the plea had said.

He has sought directions to CPCB and DPCC for separately monitoring levels of all parameters listed in Ambient Air Quality Standards during the second phase of the scheme so that proper comparison can be drawn.

Fewer cars on day 1 of odd-even phase II but real test on Monday: Highlights of the day

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The odd-even experiment, aimed at curbing air pollution, will once again play out in Delhi roads from Friday, taking cars whose registration numbers end with even numbers off roads on the first day of its fortnight long implementation. However, not much rush is expected, Friday being a public holiday on account of Ramnavami.

Representational image. Getty Images

Representational image. Getty Images

One of the new exemptions in the second phase of the odd-even scheme is that vehicles ferrying children in school uniform will be exempted from the odd-even rule but there are concerns about what will happen when the car is on its way back after dropping the child.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the government has not been able to arrive at a solution to the problem of cars returning after dropping school children and suggested car pooling.

Kejriwal said the government has exempted vehicles carrying children in school uniform during the second phase of odd even which could pose difficulty and suggest car-pooling with neighbours to avoid problems.

“We gave it a lot of thought but no solution could be found. It will cause some problems but vehicles could be shared with neighbours,” the Chief Minister said.

Kejriwal said the implementation of the odd even scheme in January did not reduce pollution “as much as expected” but it significantly helped reduce traffic congestion in the city.

The Delhi government, which has projected the second phase of the road-rationing policy as the “decisive” one, said that 2,000 traffic personnel, 580 enforcement officials and over 5,000 civil defence volunteers are being deployed for its smooth implementation.

Violators will be fined Rs 2,000 in accordance with relevant section of the Motor Vehicles Act and the scheme will not be implemented on Sundays.

Two hundred metro trains will make around 3,248 trips daily during the next fortnight, a rise of about 56 trips over the existing arrangements, DMRC has said. Fifteen additional feeder buses will also leave from stations across the city.

About 2,000 officials of Delhi Traffic Police will be deployed on roads daily. The traffic department has identified 200 intersections in the city where their personnel will be deployed in teams, with their sizes depending upon the volume of traffic in those intersections.

Odd-even live: Seriously looking into enforcing scheme every month, says Kejriwal

Apr 15, 2016

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The odd-even experiment, aimed at curbing air pollution, will once again play out in Delhi roads from Friday, taking cars whose registration numbers end with even numbers off roads on the first day of its fortnight long implementation. However, not much rush is expected, Friday being a public holiday on account of Ramnavami.

Representational image. Getty Images

Representational image. Getty Images

One of the new exemptions in the second phase of the odd-even scheme is that vehicles ferrying children in school uniform will be exempted from the odd-even rule but there are concerns about what will happen when the car is on its way back after dropping the child.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the government has not been able to arrive at a solution to the problem of cars returning after dropping school children and suggested car pooling.

Kejriwal said the government has exempted vehicles carrying children in school uniform during the second phase of odd even which could pose difficulty and suggest car-pooling with neighbours to avoid problems.

“We gave it a lot of thought but no solution could be found. It will cause some problems but vehicles could be shared with neighbours,” the Chief Minister said.

Kejriwal said the implementation of the odd even scheme in January did not reduce pollution “as much as expected” but it significantly helped reduce traffic congestion in the city.

The Delhi government, which has projected the second phase of the road-rationing policy as the “decisive” one, said that 2,000 traffic personnel, 580 enforcement officials and over 5,000 civil defence volunteers are being deployed for its smooth implementation.

Violators will be fined Rs 2,000 in accordance with relevant section of the Motor Vehicles Act and the scheme will not be implemented on Sundays.

Two hundred metro trains will make around 3,248 trips daily during the next fortnight, a rise of about 56 trips over the existing arrangements, DMRC has said. Fifteen additional feeder buses will also leave from stations across the city.

About 2,000 officials of Delhi Traffic Police will be deployed on roads daily. The traffic department has identified 200 intersections in the city where their personnel will be deployed in teams, with their sizes depending upon the volume of traffic in those intersections.

Delhi govt launches website for people to submit suggestions on the odd-even scheme

New Delhi: Delhi government on Monday launched a website and issued a telephone number through which people can give their suggestions on the odd-even car rationing scheme.

Representational image. Tarique Anwar/Firstpost

Representational image. Tarique Anwar/Firstpost

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had last week expressed his government’s intention to roll out the second phase of the scheme, aimed at tackling pollution in the national capital, and issued an email ID seeking people’s opinion on it.

A senior official said the government has launched a website — oddevenidea.delhi.gov.in — through which Delhiites can send their opinions on the implementation of the 2nd phase of the road-rationing experiment.

“Apart from website, the people of Delhi can also give a missed call on 09595561561 and thereafter, they can follow the instructions provided by Interactive Voice Response pertaining to the second phase of car-rationing scheme,” the official said.

The AAP government had on 25 January decided to invite public suggestions on a bunch of questionnaire relating to the scheme like whether the scheme should be implemented again, if yes, when it should be done and for what duration, whether people will be encouraged to buy another car and whether the exemptions introduced earlier were up to the mark or need to be reconsidered.

It has also asked the people whether the President, Vice-President, the Prime Minister and Union Ministers should be exempted in the second phase.

As per the plan, the AAP government has asked all MLAs to organise ‘jan sabhas’ in their respective constituencies from February 6 to 7 to seek people’s suggestions on the issue.

“We have decided to seek public opinion in a structured way and incorporate people’s suggestions before implementing the second phase of the odd-even scheme which received an overwhelming response from the public earlier.

“Based on the feedback received by February 8, we will analyse and come up with a concrete plan,” Kejriwal had then said.

PTI

‘The generational change has happened’: Key takeaways from President Mukherjee’s speech on Republic Day eve

President Pranab Mukherjee‘s address to the nation ahead of the 67th Republic Day was marked by a strongly-worded condemnation of terrorism, a detailed reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s pet initiatives and a pitch for economic reforms. Quoting a verse by Rabindranath Tagore, the President said, “The generational change has happened. Youth have moved centre-stage to take charge.” Here are the key takeaways from Pranab Mukherjee‘s fourth speech on the eve of Republic Day-

Pranab Mukherjee. Image courtesy: CNN-IBN screengrabPranab Mukherjee. Image courtesy: CNN-IBN screengrab

Pranab Mukherjee. Image courtesy: CNN-IBN screengrab

-In an otherwise subtly-worded address, President Mukherjee was uncharacteristically forthright in his criticism of terrorism. Even as the fate of talks between India and Pakistan hangs in balance, Mukherjee remarked that ‘we cannot discuss peace under a shower of bullets.’ Reiterating that there is no good or bad terrorism, Mukherjee said that it ‘is inspired by insane objectives, motivated by bottomless depths of hatred, instigated by puppeteers who have invested heavily in havoc through the mass murder of innocents.’ The President’s speech made a note of terrorism in areas around the world, including in Paris and Jakarta. “No corner can now consider itself safe from this savage monster,” he said.

-The recent winter session of Parliament, which was repeatedly disrupted due to chaos and sloganeering, found an echo in President Mukherjee’s speech. Even as the contentious GST Bill continues to languish in the Parliament, President Mukherjee emphasised the need for reforms and progressive legislation. “It is the bounden duty of the law makers to ensure that such legislation is enacted after due discussion and debate…Delays in decision-making and implementation can only harm the process of development.” This could be a message to the Congress to give up their agitprop politics and allow Parliament to function.

-Eight years after a major recession hit world markets, the financial crisis still found a prominent mention in the President’s address. “The global economy remained subdued. Unpredictability ruled the commodity markets…In such troubled environment, no one nation could be an oasis of growth,” he said. Even as several regions, including Marathwada and Telangana, reeled under drought, Tamil Nadu saw unprecedented rainfall and floods. The President made a prominent mention of the continuing agrarian crisis, saying, “In 2015, we were also denied the bounty of nature…Unusual weather conditions impacted our agricultural production. Rural employment and income levels suffered.”

-With pollution in the capital hitting the national headlines, the issue did not escape the attention of President Mukherjee, who noted that for change to take place, there had to be a change in the mindset of people-an idea which was behind the Delhi government’s odd-even road rationing scheme. It would seem that publicity surrounding the scheme has at least succeeded in making pollution a part of the national agenda. The President said, “Multiple strategies and action at various levels is necessary. Innovative solutions of urban planning, use of clean energy and changing the mindsets of the people call for active participation of all stakeholders.”

You can read the full text of the President’s address here:

Republic Day 2016 Speech