It looks like Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar have been smitten by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s Off-Even scheme to reduce air pollution in the national capital.
Khattar, who leads a BJP government in Delhi’s neighbouring state, acknowledged that the Delhi government’s intervention to curb air pollution has “had an effect.”
Speaking at an event, Manohar Lal Khattar said that the scheme had helped reduce the traffic congestion and pollution in Haryana’s Gurgaon.
The Haryana CM, however, refused to be drawn into commenting on Goel’s protest against the Odd-Even scheme, and said: “Today, it took me 20 minutes to come here instead of the usual 30. So I have saved 10 minutes of time.”
On April 18, former Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel violated the odd-even traffic system, for which he was issued a challan for Rs 2,000. He was also fined Rs 1,000 for not possessing insurance papers of his car and Rs 500 for not carrying a driver’s licence.
Goel has said that he would continue to protest against the odd-even scheme in the national capital, albeit in a different way. Taking a leaf out of ‘gandhigiri’, he said he will present roses to AAP legislators to register his protest.
When asked about if Haryana government is also planning to implement the odd-even scheme in Gurgaon, Khattar said:
“Right now, because of odd-even in Delhi, pressure in Gurgaon on the National Highway 8 is less,” he said.
Kejriwal government initiated the second phase of Odd-Even scheme in the capital on April 15. The fortnight-long scheme has been launched both to reduce air pollution and ease traffic congestion.