NEW DELHI: Since the beginning of the round two of the odd-even scheme the Delhi government has been tough on violators. 18 cars of application based cab operators Uber and Ola were seized on Tuesday for overcharging the passengers.
The action came in the aftermath of a stiff warning by the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal about strict action against anyone found demanding more than the more than government prescribed rates.
Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said “The action was taken after commuters complained on the helpline provided by the Delhi government; we impounded 18 vehicles of Ola and Uber for over-charging and permit violation”.
Both the companies had issued statements earlier saying that they just for the odd-even scheme, are going to put brakes on the surge pricing technique. Defending the technique both companies said that it is an automated process and maintains the demand and supply ratio.
"Given the threat to the livelihood of our partners, at the expense of reliability, we are temporarily suspending surge with immediate effect," Uber had tweeted yesterday.
Meanwhile the National Green Tribunal (NGT) asked the Central Pollution Control Board to independently monitor and record the data of ambient air quality in Delhi during the ongoing second phase of the odd-even scheme.
The bench, while disposing of a petition filed by scientist Mahendra Pandey, previously associated with Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), said the concerned agencies will record and independently monitor the air pollution level during the running of the scheme.
Further Delhi Chief Minister trying to clear the air about exemption to two-wheelers "Two-wheelers were not excluded because they are vehicles of the poor. The reason is when we analysed data of odd-even phase one we saw that ridership in metro and bus had increased by 0.7 per cent and 5 per cent only. People who left their cars went for carpooling.”
Kejriwal further said that if this is done without improving the public transport system there would be "chaos" and "complete anarchy" on the city's street.