NEW DELHI: Delhi government today issued a notification on the fortnight-long odd-even car-rationing scheme that comes into force from April 15, but there is still no clarity as to how parents would pick up their children from schools during the implementation period.
The Arvind Kejriwal government has decided to exempt women and cars carrying school-children in uniform in the second round of the road-rationing plan.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that there are cases where a child may not be in the car on one side of the journey and it will cause a little trouble to parents.
Kejriwal advised parents to explore the car-pooling option or "adjust" their children with neighbours as there will be just nine working days during the scheme.
In the notification, the city government said violation of odd-even rules will attract a fine of Rs 2,000 in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (1) of section 194 of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
Other exemptions include VIP and CNG cars, cases of medical emergency and cars carrying disabled persons.
"Delhi has more than nine million registered vehicles and the vehicular pollution is a major source of air pollution in Delhi...
"The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi on being satisfied that further steps are required to control vehicular pollution caused by non-transport four-wheeled vehicles (motor cars etc.), hereby orders in the interest of public safety that the following prohibitory/restrictive measures shall be in vogue in the area of National Capital Territory of Delhi," the notification, issued in the name of Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, said.
"The notification shall come into force with effect from 15th April, 2016 and will remain in force till 30th April, 2016," it said.
On Saturday, Chief Minister Kejriwal had said that his government was "seriously" mulling a proposal to enforce the odd-even scheme for 15 days every month.
Transport Minister Gopal Rai said Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) have geared up to tackle any extra rush as commuters turn to public conveyance during the period when the odd-even scheme is in force.
"Metro will increase its trips to 3,248 per day and add 30 coaches. Extra security personnel would be deployed and number of ticket counters at metro stations would be increased," he said.