Parvesh Verma, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from West Delhi, on Tuesday questioned the odd-even scheme that is all set to become operational from January 1 in the national capital. Alleging that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has taken the decision hastily, the BJP leader said that it was a knee-jerk reaction after the Delhi administration was pulled up by the court over increasing pollution in the city.

Addressing mediapersons here, Verma said: “The state government was well aware of the worsening condition of air quality in the city. I want to know what steps were taken by the Delhi government in this regard before the Delhi High Court directive.”  

Voicing his concern over the intention of the Arvind Kejriwal government, Verma said, “Why is the Delhi government in a hurry to implement the odd-even formula? The government is not even ready with a feasible roadmap needed for such a scheme to be effective." 

Verma also said that the odd-even scheme should have been made operational between January 15 and 30, and not between January 1 and 15. In the first half of January, there is less pollution as most of the people are on leave, and so the odd-even scheme will not be of much use, he said.

Verma also questioned the government&’s decision to extend the winter vacation in schools till January 15. “Children should be included in the government policies. They cannot be excluded… they should also be part of such initiatives in order to raise awareness,” Verma said.

However, he said that all his party legislators and leaders would follow the odd-even scheme from January 1.