Transport Minister Gopal Rai has confirmed that 4,000 additional buses will ply on Delhi roads from January 1, 2016. In keeping with the efforts of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to augment facilities of public transport between January 1-15, 2016, 4,000 additional buses will ply under the Delhi Transport Corporation DTC). These buses will all run on CNG for which the government has tied up with Delhi Contract Bus Association while operations will be conducted through DTC.
Rai has also confirmed that the Delhi Government will be conducting meetings with heads of schools to try and bring school buses also under this scheme. The Minister has appealed to citizens to cooperate with the Government in their efforts to curb road traffic and deal with the situation of smog and pollution.
Besides these modifications in traffic with extra buses and Odd-Even scheme for plying of private vehicles, the PWD Minister, Satyendar Jain has called a meeting with 27 SDMs, tehsildars, MCD, DDA and DPCC on Thursday. This meeting was in regard to pollution arising out of open burning and construction.
Jain has stated that as per NGT dictates, burning of waste in the open is banned and will entail a fine of INR 5,000 from anyone found burning dry leaves, plastic or rubber or any other waste material in the National Capital Region. There is also a fine of INR 50,000 to be imposed for flouting of air pollution norms and causing dust pollution in the region.