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Will study NGT order on diesel-run vehicles: Delhi government

Earlier in the day, the NGT directed that diesel-run vehicles will not be registered in Delhi with immediate effect and asked the central and state government departments not to purchase such vehicles. Under interim measures, there will be no renewal of registration of diesel vehicles which are more than 10-year-old.

Delhi government today said that it will study the National Green Tribunal’s order directing that diesel-run vehicles will not be registered in the city with immediate effect.According to transport department, around 400 new diesel- run vehicles are registered in the national capital. There are around 5.5 lakh diesel vehicles plying in the national capital. In total, 88.27 lakh vehicles are registered in Delhi. “Similar matter pertaining to vehicles is pending in Supreme Court. We will study the NGT’s order and then, make a statement,” a Delhi government spokesperson said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said that government will consider the green court’s order. More than 26.29 lakh cars and jeeps were added to the national capital in the period between April 2013 and March 2014. During last year, 27.90 lakh cars and jeeps were added in the capital, the report said.Earlier in the day, the NGT directed that diesel-run vehicles will not be registered in Delhi with immediate effect and asked the central and state government departments not to purchase such vehicles. Under interim measures, there will be no renewal of registration of diesel vehicles which are more than 10-year-old.The court also directed all the public authorities, corporations, DDA, police and other public department to prepare and submit an action plan for phasing out diesel vehicles, particularly the trucks being used by all these bodies by January 6, the next date of hearing.

Have taken note of odd-even formula of plying of vehicles: Delhi Police

The odd-even rule will be implemented from January 1, 2016 till January 15, 2016.
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Delhi Police on Tuesday said they have taken note of AAP government’s odd-even formula of restricting movement of private vehicles in the national capital from January one but need some more clarity on the matter.”We have taken note of the scheme but some more clarity is needed in the concerned matter for which another meeting has been scheduled on December 10,” said Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander.However, the implementing authority (the police in this case) are still not clear about under what provisions of law will they prosecute offenders if the formula, meant to curb air pollution in the national capital, is implemented from January 1, said a senior traffic official.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a meeting held on Tuesday — chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and attended by all cabinet ministers, Muktesh Chander and other senior officials — at the Delhi Secretariat, the matter was discussed with Delhi Police for the first time, said the senior official.Also read: Air quality of Delhi set to dip further in the next two daysDelhi Government today said that the odd-even scheme for plying of private vehicles in the city will be in force from 8 AM to 8 PM from January 1 for an initial period of 15 days and there will be no restrictions on vehicular movement on Sundays.After the meeting, Kejriwal said his government was yet to take a call on whether the scheme will have two-wheelers on its ambit. Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said the government will come out with a detailed blueprint by December 25 which will answer all the questions being raised by experts and public. He added that the government will soon come out with details of exemptions like those who are ailing and disabled.A decision on whether women will be included in ‘exemption list’ is yet to be taken.

All cars to run on Sundays: Delhi government

Delhi Home Minister Satyendra Jain said that government has started a series of meetings to roll out strategy on the issue

Both the odd and even-numbered cars will be allowed to ply on Sundays, the AAP government on Monday announced adding that it is the “responsibility” of the Delhi Police to implement the formula to curb air pollution in the national capital.Delhi Home Minister Satyendra Jain said that government has started a series of meetings to roll out strategy on the issue and DMRC will also be asked to increase its working hours to accommodate a huge crowd of passengers. As per Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plan, odd-numbered cars will be allowed to ply on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while even-numbered vehicles will run on the other days – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Government will only allow emergency vehicles like PCR van, fire tenders, ambulances on the roads of the national capital. “We will allow odd and even numbered vehicles on Sunday as there is no heavy traffic on the capital’s roads on that day. We have enough time to make a strategy on the implementation of odd and even formula,” Jain, who is also Health and PWD Minister, said.Asked about the Delhi Police not being informed before introducing even and odd formula, Jain said, “Police is a part of government and they (police) are not the government. It is their responsibility (Delhi Police) to implement the law enacted by the government.” The minister said that Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and Cluster have been asked to increase the frequency of their buses by 20 per cent.”Besides, Metro will also be asked to increase their working hours so that people don’t have to face problem while using public transport. If we increase public transport by 20 per cent, there will be no problem for people,” he also said. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on said that the government would discontinue the move after 10 to 15 days if people faced problems. On December 4, the AAP government had come out with a plan of restricting private vehicles bearing odd and even registration numbers to alternate days from January 1 in the national capital.

Auto drivers to be taken to task if found harassing passengers: Gopal Rai

“The government has conveyed this message to auto drivers several times, but I think enforcement is the only option now. During a week-long drive, enforcement teams will check near railway stations, ISBTs, metro stations and hospitals in their respective districts,” the minister told reporters here.

Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Monday said the government will take strict action against auto drivers who are found “harassing” passengers. According to Rai, a special drive has been launched by the department and 44 enforcement teams have been deployed in three shifts in different parts of the national capital. The minister further said that the government is ready to take every possible step for the welfare of auto drivers but people should not be harassed.”The government has conveyed this message to auto drivers several times, but I think enforcement is the only option now. During a week-long drive, enforcement teams will check near railway stations, ISBTs, metro stations and hospitals in their respective districts,” the minister told reporters here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A transport department official said teams on Monday impounded 202 autos under Section 207 of Motor Vehicle Act. Auto drivers have also been instructed to paste a 15X6 board made of polyvinyl material displaying the location of their residence while returning home at the end of the day.The department has also made it compulsory for all drivers to wear uniform and PSV Badge. In June, 755 complaints were received against auto drivers, most of which were about refusal to go to a particular destination.

Delhi govt tightens noose on Ola, Uber; says won’t compromise on air quality, women safety

The government has given a last chance to give a hearing to Ola and Uber to present their views on laid down norms.

Tightening its noose on app-based taxi aggregators including Uber and Ola, the AAP government has decided not to compromise with Delhi’s air quality and women safety by directing the companies to only run CNG-based taxis which also have GPS and license, to operate in capital.The Arvind Kejriwal government has also decided to move court against app-based taxi aggregators if they do not follow its directives.The government has given a last chance to give a hearing to Ola and Uber to present their views on laid down norms.”We verified the data provided by Uber, Ola Cabs and found that over 80 per cent of their taxis are diesel-run which contribute to polluting of Delhi’s air extensively. We will not allow to run their such taxis in Delhi at any cost. Uber and Ola have to bring all their taxis on CNG. Government cannot compromise over pollution issue,” Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai told PTI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also said that Uber, Ola have to install GPS in their taxis and get them registered with the transport department.”In view of women safety, we have asked them to install GPS in their all taxis besides registering them with the government.”As per court’s order, we are giving a chance to Uber and Ola to hear them, but if they do not follow government’s these directives, we will approach court against them and apprised the respected court about their their wrongdoings as to how they are flouting laid down rules,” Rai also said.In order to reduce increasing air pollution, Delhi government recently imposed congestion fee on goods vehicles entering in Delhi.All app-based cab services were banned in the national capital after a driver of Uber was accused of raping a woman passenger in December last year.A senior government official said that the ban still continues to be in force in the national capital, however, the aggregators are allegedly “flouting the norms”.

‘Won’t compromise on Delhi air’: AAP to move court if Ola, Uber don’t run on CNG

Tightening its noose on app-based taxi aggregators including Uber and Ola , the AAP government has decided not to compromise with Delhi’s air quality and women safety by directing the companies to only run CNG -based taxis which also have GPS and license, to operate in capital.

The Arvind Kejriwal government has also decided to move court against app-based taxi aggregators if they do not follow its directives. The government has given a last chance to give a hearing to Ola and Uber to present their views on laid down norms.

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Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said, “We verified the data provided by Uber, Ola Cabs and found that over 80 per cent of their taxis are diesel-run which contribute to polluting of Delhi’s air extensively. We will not allow to run their such taxis in Delhi at any cost. Uber and Ola have to bring all their taxis on CNG. Government cannot compromise over pollution issue.”He also said that Uber, Ola have to install GPS in their taxis and get them registered with the transport department.

“In view of women safety, we have asked them to install GPS in their all taxis besides registering them with the government. As per court’s order, we are giving a chance to Uber and Ola to hear them, but if they do not follow government’s these directives, we will approach court against them and apprised the respected court about their their wrongdoings as to how they are flouting laid down rules,” Rai said.

In order to reduce increasing air pollution, Delhi government recently imposed congestion fee on goods vehicles entering in Delhi.

All app-based cab services were banned in the national capital after a driver of Uber was accused of raping a woman passenger in December last year. A senior government official said that the ban still continues to be in force in the national capital, however, the aggregators are allegedly flouting the norms.

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Women safety: Delhi government to deploy marshals in city buses

“As per our plan, 2,500 personnel of civil defence and home guards are now being trained as marshals in first phase.

In order to ensure security of women in public transport, Delhi Government has decided to deploy 2,500 marshals in buses plying in the city.The government is currently providing training to personnel of Home Guard and Civil Defence as marshals to prevent and deter crime, especially against women passengers, in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and orange colour cluster buses.”As per our plan, 2,500 personnel of civil defence and home guards are now being trained as marshals in first phase.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>They will patrol in buses in groups. Each group will have 3-4 marshals. They will soon start patrolling buses,” Transport Minister Gopal Rai said.According to the government, the marshals will be given walkie-talkies so that they can contact each other.”The idea behind deploying these marshals in groups is that they can prevent and deal with crime completely in buses.If one marshal is deployed in buses, so he may not be able to prevent two or three persons involved in crime and in view of this, we have decided to deploy marshals in groups. They will also be given walkie-talkies by the government,” he said.The government also has plans to install CCTV cameras in all DTC buses. So far, DTC has managed to install CCTV cameras in 200 buses in first phase.”The government will also install CCTV cameras in a phased manner. We are now working on this project,” the minister said.In its pre-poll manifesto, the Aam Aadmi Party promised to set up Women’s Security Force made up of a 10,000-strong Home Guard.

Bus driver’s murder: DTC drivers continue strike in Delhi, demand Rs 1 crore compensation

Hundreds of thousands of commuters in the national capital will be hit for a second straight day as Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) staff has refused to relent and will continue their strike to protest against the killing of a driver by a biker in an incident of road rage.

While some DTC buses in South Delhi and East Delhi are plying, there is a complete strike in North and Rural Delhi. Only 1000 of 4500 DTC buses are plying, CNN IBN reported.

DTC driver Ashok Kumar (42) was beaten to death on Sunday allegedly by a youth after his bus grazed the latter’s bike in Mundka area of west Delhi. The police have arrested the motorcyclist for the attack and his mother for instigating the attack.

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Continuing their protest today, the drivers have asserted that DTC buses will not ply on roads till their demands are met. Even though they have announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the victim’s family, the drivers are demanding Rs one crore as compensation and a job to one of the relatives of the deceased.

The AAP government threatened to take action, but the agitating staffers refused to budge. The Delhi government also said it would bear the cost of education of the victim’s daughter.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi has clamped Essential Services Maintenance Act against the agitating staff.

“Under provision of ESMA, services of striking employees will be terminated if they don’t turn up for work. If any employee disrupts government work then they can be arrested also,” a senior official said. The governemnt has said that arrangement for more buses is being made to facilitate the passengers.

The AAP government further blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party for not only politicising the issue, but also for the strike.

“BJP is doing politics over the issue. BJP has provoked DTC workers to go on strike. We held a meeting with the police officials and have decided to give security to DTC employees who want to operate the buses,” said Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai.

“The strike not genuine, the BJP has provoked DTC workers to go on strike. We held a meeting with the police officials and have decided to give security to DTC employees. We have decided that the next of his relative will be given a permanent job in DTC,” Rai said.

Earlier, the BJP held a candle light march from Parliament Street to Jantar Mantar demanding justice for the deceased bus driver and asked the Delhi government to increase the compensation to Rs.1 crore. Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay gave Rs.5 lakh to the driver’s family.

Family members of the deceased driver have denied that they are being influenced by any party.

“We got to know on Sunday itself about it and then we came here and have been camping here ever since. There is no politics over the issue. We aren’t here under pressure of any party. We are here on our own. We want one crore compensation and permanent job for his son and why can’t government accept our demands. We won’t take the body till the government accepts our demand. More people from our village will join us,” victim’s son Ajay Chikara told CNN- IBN.

“We will not cremate the body till our demands are met. Gopal Rai met us and offered us compensation and then we had told him that we won’t accept this but he didn’t assure us anything,” his brother Satyanarayan told CNN-IBN.

On Monday, most of the DTC’s 4,705 buses went off the roads, with hundreds of drivers and conductors massing at the 45 depots spread across the city, shouting slogans. A small fleet of buses which plied proved inadequate for the nearly 40 lakh people who use the DTC daily to commute, forcing them to largely turn to the already-crowded Delhi Metro. In fact, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) witnessed record crowds.

“The average ridership at 8 p.m. on Monday is 21 lakh, but today it was 22.92 lakh, an increase of 1.92 lakh,” a DMRC statement said.

The strike also affected DTC operations in the neighbouring states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

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Delhi government directs transport corporation to buy 500 new buses

New Delhi:  With the city bus service facing a shortage of buses, the AAP-led Delhi government has directed the DTC to add 500 midi buses to its fleet immediately. Delhiites have been facing difficulties in commuting due to shortage of buses in the national capital.

The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) currently operates around 4,700 regular buses and 1,500 cluster buses.

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The DTC has already started analysing the cost of midi buses, or single-decker minibuses, and a decision on its procurement is expected to be taken in the next board meeting of the corporation.

“In view of a huge shortage of buses in the national capital, we have asked DTC to buy 500 midi buses so that people using bus service don’t have to face problem while commuting across the city,” a senior government official said.

The midi buses will be purchased in a phased manner, he said, adding, there are several routes, especially in rural areas, where commuters have to wait several hours for buses.

“DTC will buy 500 midi buses in the first phase, while more buses will be added to DTC’s fleet in the second phase. If we compare the cost of midi buses to that of normal buses, the difference is not much. The number of seats is also almost same as smaller buses have 28-30 seats,” the official said, adding, they will be plied on routes facing shortage of buses.

At present, most DTC buses are either low-floor or semi-low floor buses supplied by Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland.

Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai had recently said that his government was serious about tackling the problem of the shortage of buses.

Meanwhile, the DTC has started the process of phasing out its entire fleet of standard-floor or ‘yellow’ buses, which it says are “beyond repair”.

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AAP government makes plan to remove diesel vehicles as per NGT order

Delhi government on Thursday said it was working on a detailed plan of action to remove around 1.53 lakh diesel vehicles older than 10 years from the city roads in compliance with an order by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

Delhi government on Thursday said it was working on a detailed plan of action to remove around 1.53 lakh diesel vehicles older than 10 years from the city roads in compliance with an order by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said the city government was determined to ensure full implementation of the NGT order and has already sought Centre’s assistance in enforcing the ban.As per official figure, around 1.53 lakh diesel-run vehicles older than 10 years are plying in the city and Rai said his department was preparing a comprehensive plan to remove all of them.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said the Delhi government will discuss the issue of implementing the ban with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments too as large number of polluting vehicles come to Delhi from these two states.He said the Transport Department was not in a position to implement the ban on its own due to staff crunch and that is why it has also requested Delhi Police for help to take action against the polluting vehicles.”We are serious about implementing the NGT order. We have written to the Centre and Delhi Traffic Police to help us in enforcing the order,” Rai said. In a major decision to improve ambient air quality, the NGT on Tuesday had held that all diesel vehicles which are more than 10 years old will not be permitted to ply in Delhi, noting that diesel was prime source of air pollution.”We have also sought the Centre’s help to implement the NGT court order as an amendment in the existing law may be required to remove the polluting vehicles,” he said. Rai said his department has sought 250 civil defence personnel so that several crack teams could be formed to remove the vehicles ordered by the NGT.”At present, we have 166 staff in enforcement section, which is inadequate,” Rai said.

Fidayeen threat on Delhi-Lahore friendship bus

The bus service between the two countries was started on March 16, 1999 primarily to enhance people-to-people contacts

Dosti bus service, a low-cost convenient way to travel between Delhi and Lahore, has come under terror threat.Following intelligence inputs received from a foreign agency last Friday of a possible fidayeen attack on Dosti bus service, both the countries have stepped up security measures for the bus service that originates from Delhi on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and from Lahore every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.With memories of recent terror attack by Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) suicide bomber still etched fresh in minds, both the countries have taken the intelligence alert seriously and beefed up security arrangements on their respective sides. The bomb attack near a restaurant at Wagah border had killed 55 and injured about 200 people who were returning after watching famous Beating Retreat parade.Sources said under the new arrangement, instead of carrying the full journey in a single bus, the passengers will have to get down at the borders of their respective countries cross over the border on foot and board another bus to reach their destination.The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) will take the passengers up to Atari border near Amritsar from where they will cross over through check point to Wagah and board the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) bus to reach Lahore.Similarly, those coming to Delhi from Lahore will have to get down at Wagah border, cross over and board India’s DTC bus to cover the rest of the journey.Not willing to spell out the exact inputs, sources said the threat could be from TTP and Lashkar-e-Toiba as these organisations want to bring the region into international attention and create terror hype before or during US president Barack Obama’s India visit on January 25-26.”The threat perception is very high on the Pakistan side of the bus route that is about 25 kilometres from Wagah. We have checked our standing operating procedures (SOPs) and found them okay yet we are also beefing up the security,” the source said.