Kejriwal's 'Stupid' Odd-Even Formula Will Only Create Chaos In Delhi, Says Congress

28/12/2015 10:42 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 17: Traffic Jam near ITO during the Chhath festival, on November 17, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Chhath festival, also known as Surya Pooja (worship of the sun), is observed in eastern parts of India where homage is paid to the sun and water Gods eight days after Diwali, the festival of lights. During Chhath festival, devotees undergo a fast and offer water and milk to the Sun God at dawn and dusk. The Goddess who is worshipped during the famous Chhath Puja is known as Chhathi Maiya. Chhathi Maiya is known as [goddess] in the Vedas. She is believed to be the beloved younger sister of Surya, the sun god. Some scholars believed that she is the only sister of sun god. The Chhath Puja is performed in order to thank Surya for sustaining life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes. This festival is observed by people living in Nepal and India (mainly in the State of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The Congress Party on Monday lashed out at the Delhi Government for its 'Odd-Even formula' to curb pollution, saying that the 'stupid' idea will only create chaos in the national capital once it comes into force from 1 January.

"The Odd-Even rule is a very stupid idea. And the reason for that is without augmenting public infrastructure, you (Delhi Government) are going to throw the entire city into chaos," Congress leader Manish Tewari told ANI.

"The choice for some people would be either to die without a livelihood or to die because of air pollution. They are making the choices very starc. If the government is serious about cleaning the air of Delhi, there are smarter ways of doing it and this is completely knee-jerk, you will see the chaos which will create on the streets of Delhi once this 'Odd-Even' begins," he added.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's ambitious scheme, set to roll out from 1 January for 15 days, has been proposed to curb pollution in the national capital by restricting movement of private vehicles based on their registration numbers.

Violators of the scheme would attract a penalty of Rs. 2,000. VIPs, women drivers, CNG-certified vehicles, two-wheelers and those carrying the differently-abled are among the 25 categories which will be exempted from the scheme.

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