Delhi Government Gears Itself To Implement Second Phase Of Odd-Even Scheme Post March

18/01/2016 9:44 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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A cyclist travels along a road shrouded in smog in New Delhi, India, on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. A 2-judge Delhi High Court panel headed by Chief Justice G. Rohini allowed the odd-even traffic restrictions to continue. The measure by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is the most concerted effort by the government yet to reduce the number of exhaust-belching automobiles in the world's most polluted metropolitan area as discontent among the city's 16.8 million residents grows. Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Delhi government is likely to implement the next phase of odd-even scheme after March as it seeks to first address two major concerns related to commuting by school children and the possibility of people going for another car to circumvent the restrictions.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who today chaired a review meeting on the next phase of odd-even, has asked all departments to look into these two major issues and submit their report in this regard at the earliest.

A top source said that government is planning to introduce the second phase of the traffic-rationing scheme after the completion of CBSE Board exams in March-April, adding that two-wheelers will, however, not come under the ambit of the next phase of the car-rationing scheme.

Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said concerned departments have to submit their report before the next meeting, for which the date is yet to be decided.

Elaborating on the 15-day trial phase, Rai said that during the implementation of the car-rationing scheme, the average pollution level had come down significantly and it also decongested the city's roads.

"In today's review meeting, all the departments including PWD, transport, environment as well as independent experts have expressed their views that the scheme should continue further to bring down pollution level and de-congest the capital's roads.

"During the meeting, the two major concerns came up for discussion. These two concerns are about picking of school children by their parents and the second that people will move to buy alternate car to evade the scheme," the minister said.

When asked about inclusion of bikes and scooters under the next phase of scheme, Rai said that no decision has been taken in this regard and it will be only possible when the city government strengthens the public transport system including increasing of fleet of DTC and cluster buses.

He said that in the review meeting held today, it was also mentioned that due to odd-even scheme, pollution level has come down significantly on an average and CSE, EPCA and TERI also found the reduction in pollution level.

On the role of public transport, the minister also said that the frequency of DTC and cluster buses has increased significantly due to this scheme as there was no much traffic-congestion on the roads during the last 15 days.

"64 lakh people used to travel in DTC and cluster buses every day during this scheme. Government is moving towards augmenting public transport by introducing new buses," he said.

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