IRF Stress on finding permanent solution to vehicular pollution rather than short term plans
The International Road Federation (IRF), working for better and safer roads worldwide has urged the Delhi government to include private Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles in the exemption list Delhi Government’s initiative of re-introducing Odd Even number plate driving on different days to reduce pollution in the capital from November 4, 2019.
“IRF welcomes the Delhi government’s move but also wants private CNG vehicles to be exempted in the Odd Even scheme as these vehicles use much cleaner fuel and emit lesser carbon per unit capacity than the two wheelers “ said Mr K K Kapila, President, Emeritus, International Road Federation.
“The Non-inclusion of private CNG vehicles in the expempted list by the Delhi government will act as a disincentive for clean fuel CNG vehicles buyers in the capital and give a wrong signal to the future buyers of CNG vehicles. The CNG fuel is more futuristic, economical and cleaners as compared to petrol and diesel ” Mr Kapila said.
"CNG is clean, odourless, non -corrosive gas that is used as a cheaper, cleaner and more efficient alternative to the traditional fuels world wide. Non inclusion of private CNG vehicles will discourage new buyers of CNG vehicles World is moving towards cleaner fuel and e vehicles"' said Mr Kapila.
"IRF urges Delhi government to exclude Private CNG vehicles from the forthcoming Odd-even scheme. This will encourage new buyers to CNG vehicles as it will improve the environment over a period of time which is our common intent " added Mr Kapila.
“Solutions to the problems lies in improving public transport, such as Metro Service, introducing park and ride schemes, pedestrianization (e.g. Cannaught Place and Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh), encouraging carpooling to work and building an additional wide ring road network in addition to the existing ones “ said Mr Kapila.
“An Action plan is needed to decongest Delhi roads by better traffic management, covering the entire city with Intellegent Transport System network in a span about 3 to 5 years. This will help movement of traffic in designated lanes, proper guidance to the road users on the routes to be taken so that they avoid congested locations and take alternative routes displayed through Intelligence Transport System panels." He added
"This would also improve road safety and contain environment pollution. Other actions could be imposing higher parking charges in certain areas and higher road tax on purchase of second or third vehicle by individuals. The idea is to discourage private transport by putting in place a multi-modal public transport system in the Capital. The city's thirst for owning vehicles looks nowhere near quenched even though Delhi's roads are groaning rather loudly under their weight. Vehicles are in fact known to be the largest contributor to the capital's fast deteriorating air quality” he concluded .