Odd-even scheme smoothly implemented on fourth day: Rai

New Delhi: Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said CNG stickers would only be available from the IGL gas station at CGO Complex here from tomorrow and claimed that the odd-even scheme was smoothly implemented on its fourth day today.

The CNG stickers were distributed from 95 CNG stations in Delhi and another 19 stations in NCR. These will stop distribution from 6 am tomorrow and only the CNG station at CGO Complex on Lodhi Road will distribute the stickers round the clock till January 15, he said.

IGL director V Nagarajan said that proper arrangements will be made at CGO Complex CNG station so that people do not face any problem in getting the stickers.

The Delhi Transport minister said that there are about 3.50 lakh registered CNG vehicles and so far 3.90 lakh CNG stickers have been distributed in view of the implementation of the odd-even formula.

Rai said that after reports of sale of CNG sticker to non CNG vehicles, one person named Dipak Sen from Vivek Vihar CNG station was caught who has “admitted” selling a sticker to a petrol vehicle for Rs 2800. The IGL has registered a case against him at Vivek Vihar police station.

The enforcement teams of Transport department has also started random checking of vehicles wih CNG stickers, he said.

Mentioning car pooling by the Chief Justice of India, Rai thanked him for supporting the odd even campaign of Delhi government.

“I extend my thanks to the CJI and his colleague for car pooling and supporting the campaign. This is a welcome step which will encourage others to follow the odd-even formula,” he said.

Saying that the odd-even formula was “smoothly” implemented on its fourth day, Rai said that the level of PM (Particulate Matter) 2.5 was not going down in peripheral (border) areas while it has lessened inside Delhi.

The data from monitoring of PM 2.5 at 20 locations showed that as one moved from border areas inside Delhi it has decreased.

“The reading of PM 2.5 at Sangam Vihar was 415 while it was 221 in Jangpura. The 13 locations gave readings of 200-300 of PM 2.5 while seven locations showed readings in the range of 300-400. These seven locations are on border areas,” he said.

Rai said that a “permanent solution” of pollution due to PM 2.5 caused by vehicles could be solved by construction of Eastern and Western peripheral highways.

“The proposal has been revived by the Central Government.

Delhi had given its share of Rs 653 crore to the Centre in 2006. Haryana and UP have also contribute to it. We will take up this issue with the Central government.