New Delhi: Imitating Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Mann ki Baat' initiative, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has finally decided to take the help of radio to address common people's grievances. In the latest development, Delhi CM has promised to withdraw the odd-even formula for cars in the national capital, within 15 days, if people really find it too hard to follow.
According to a report published in NDTV, in a radio advertisement, to be aired from Tuesday, Kejriwal has acknowledged that the ban on cars of even and odd numbers on alternate days will mean difficulties for people, but adds that he had "no choice" but to take tough steps for cleaner air.
"My ministers and I will also follow it. We will try it out for 15 days, from 1 to 15 January. If it is too much trouble, then we will stop it. For 15 days, car pool with friends and neighbours. I will also do it," Kejriwal says in the radio appeal, as per the report.
"I know it will be hard, but to reduce pollution, we have to suffer a little," Kejriwal added.
The Delhi CM also tweeted that he had sought the audience to "discuss implementation of the odd-even formula".
"We will do nothing against your wishes. Your safety, life, health and your convenience is our top priority," he assured.
Earlier in the day, Kejriwal also sought a meeting with union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the rationing of vehicles on the capital`s roads from January 1.
The Delhi government has announced that from the start of 2016, private vehicles with odd registration numbers will ply on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and with even numbers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The plan for Sundays is yet to be announced.
The decision followed widespread warnings that Delhi`s air pollution had breached tolerable limits, and after the judiciary ruled that the city had become like a "gas chamber".