Odd-Even Formula: Gopal Rai Welcomes Delhi HC's Decision, Says It's In Favour Of People

11/01/2016 1:53 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 9: AAP workers holding placards as they shout in support for pollution free Delhi at Jantar Mantar, on January 9, 2016 in New Delhi, India. Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai asserted that the government has no intention to take the road-rationing experiment beyond January 15. (Photo by Ravi Choudhary/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Monday welcomed the Delhi High Court's decision not to interfere with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government's notification on the Odd-even formula, saying the decision was in favour of the people.

"We hope that till 15th of January, we will get sufficient data. And as announced earlier that the first phase of this odd-even formula will run for 15 days then we will take the suggestion of experts on how to implement it in the long run," Rai told ANI here.

The Delhi High Court today declined to interfere with the AAP Government's Odd-even scheme of vehicle rationing in the capital, saying it was a policy decision taken based on expert knowledge to curb air pollution.

A bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath said the pilot project was for a limited period of 15-day.

The bench, however, asked the Delhi Government to consider the issues raised in over 12 different petitions against the scheme before coming out with similar scheme in future.

The bench had earlier asked the government if the data collected till date "was enough" to gauge the effectiveness of the policy.

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