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Odd-even: Spl drive to check cars sporting CNG stickers


New Delhi: Delhi government will conduct a day-long special drive across the national capital on Tuesday to check cars sporting CNG stickers, after it received several complaints that fake markers were being used by commuters.

The second phase of the odd-even scheme began on April 15 and CNG-run vehicles are exempt from the odd-even rules of the car-rationing scheme.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Transport Minister Gopal Rai at his official residence in Civil Lines area today.

“Government has decided to run a special drive across the capital on Tuesday to check cars bearing CNG stickers and take strict action against those found using fake stickers,” Rai told reporters.

The transport minister said such offenders will be booked under Section 420 of IPC and a penalty of Rs 2,000 be imposed under the odd-even scheme.

The government will distribute 1,000 monitoring kits and randomly check cars, he said, adding, they have appointed a nodal officer in this regard, who is an official of Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL).

Indraprastha Gas Limited had issued CNG stickers to 3.90 lakh vehicles during the first phase of the scheme and 20,000 have been given the stickers during its second phase so far.

Meanwhile, owing to numerous break-down of DTC buses, the government has decided to review terms and condition agreement with bus-manufactures companies- Tata and Ashok Leyland – which sell their buses to the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).

“Once the odd-even scheme is wrapped up, we will review terms and condition agreement with Tata and Ashok Leyland as there is a lot of complaints against increasing numbers of break-down of buses. As per the agreement, both companies do the maintenance works of DTC buses,” Rai said.

Reiterating his allegations that “conspiracy” is being hatched to “sabotage” the second phase of the scheme, the minister said he has “proof” that bus break-downs are a “deliberate attempt” to derail the scheme.

At a press conference here, the minister also said that DTC has ordered a departmental inquiry against a driver who allegedly “demanded” bribe for halting the bus to make it look like a break-down.

Rai today also produced a person who claimed that he had on April 16 heard the driver demanding Rs 10,000 for halting the vehicle.

The man also claimed that after hearing the driver, he had called up AAP MLA Somnath Bharti and narrated to him the entire episode.