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Government constitutes Sanjay Mitra committee to prepare policy framework for taxi operators

The Union Government has constituted a three member committee to prepare a policy framework for online taxi aggragators and other transport operators.

The committee will be headed by Sanjay Mitra, Secretary of Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.

Its other two members are Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and Delhi Transport Commissioner.

The committee was constituted after taxi and other transport operators had appraised the situation emerging from Supreme Court’s order and directions of Environment Pollution Control Authority of banning diesel taxis in the National Capital Region (NCR).

It will look into these issues and come up with appropriate recommendations to address the same in a time bound manner.

SC Rulings

  • So far the apex court has given four rulings aimed at bringing down pollution levels in the NCR Delhi that has earned it the tag of the world’s most polluted city.
  • Top court’s first order against diesel-run commercial vehicles came in December 2015. Later it issued an interim order banning registration of diesel-run vehicles with engine capacity of 2000 cc and above till March 31, 2016 and then was again extended till April 30, 2016.
  • The apex court also had initially asked the diesel cab operators in the NCR to switch over to CNG by March 1, 2016. This deadline was later extended to March 31 and then to April 30, 2016.


Delhi Government launches Phase 2 of odd-even scheme

Delhi Government has launched the second phase of odd-even car rationing scheme to check pollution in the national capital.

The second phase will be from 15 April 2016 till 30 April 2016. The scheme aims at curbing vehicular pollution and reducing traffic congestion on the roads of NCR Delhi.

Key facts

  • Under it, four wheelers with licence plates ending in an odd number will ply on odd dates and those ending with an even number can run on even dates.
  • It will be between 8am and 8pm and on Sunday no restrictions are applied. The penalty in case of a violation is Rs. 2,000.
  • During this implementation, public transport including buses and the Metro will be run at high frequency. Residents are being urged to carpool in order to reduce pressure on public transport.
  • Exemptions: President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Union Ministers and other VIPs have been exempted. Besides emergency vehicles, vehicles driven by women, CNG vehicles and cars carrying school children in uniforms will be also exempted.


Delhi ranked 44th among world’s 50 Future-ready Cities

National Capital of India, Delhi has been ranked 44th among the world’s 50 ‘future-ready economies cities’ that are embracing technology for growth.

It was revealed by the recently released report ‘Future-Ready Economies Model’ by the Information Technology major Dell.

Key facts

  • The list is topped by San Jose, followed by San Francisco, Singapore, London, Washington DC, etc.
  • These high-growth cities were evaluated on the parameters of human capital, infrastructure and commerce.
  • The model scores large, high-growth global metropolitan areas based on attributes that enable people and organisations to access new tools and ideas that deliver better connectivity, better economic performance and a greater ability to attract talent.
  • The cities were positioned in the list were evaluated along three dimensions human capital, infrastructure and commerce.