Odd-even phase II : 400 ex-servicemen to help enforce scheme, Kejriwal holds meeting

Saturday, Apr 9, 2016,10:15 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | A group of 400 ex-servicemen was today inducted into the enforcement wing of Delhi transport department to help in the implementation of the second phase of the odd-even scheme, which starts from April 15. Transport Minister Gopal Rai said these ex-servicemen, who have now become part of the transport department, will be deployed on the roads to catch those violating the vehicle rationing scheme.

The government has formed 120 teams which will be deployed on roads during the odd-even scheme. Some of these teams will be deployed at ISBTs, railway stations, Metro stations and major entry points into the city. If autorickshaw and taxi drivers misbehave with passengers and refuse to ferry them, these teams will also accept complaints and take action against errant drivers, Rai said. The second phase of the odd-even scheme will run from April 15 to 30.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal yesterday held a meeting with his deputy Manish Sisodia and Transport Minister Gopal Rai to finalise all modalities of the second round of odd-even scheme, starting from April 15. They discussed how to implement the exemption given to vehicles carrying schoolchildren during the car rationing scheme.

Sources said the government may ask the city’s private schools to issue a pass or some document to parents. Kejriwal is expected to announce all exemptions tomorrow to be given under the scheme. In the meeting, the Chief Minister along with Deputy Chief Minister and the transport minister discussed various issues pertaining to the scheme, an official said.

The official said that the government is also contemplating to increase the age limit of children travelling in cars during the scheme from 12 years to 18 years. Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal had recently urged the Transport Minister to consider the same. The second phase of odd-even scheme will be implemented from April 15 to 30. As per the plan, women drivers will be kept out of the scheme.