Yes, odd-even rule will be back in Delhi, says Gopal Rai

The meeting will be attended by officials of all the departments concerned and independent environment experts, said the minister.

Written by MAYURA JANWALKAR | New Delhi | Updated: January 14, 2016 8:00 am
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Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai Wednesday finally put an end to speculation and answered the question on the minds of lakhs of Delhi residents. Odd-even operations, the government’s pollution-control plan that will conclude on January 15, will be back for a second phase, said the minister.

The details of the second phase of the private car rationing experiment will be discussed in a review meeting slated to be held by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on January 18.

The meeting will be attended by officials of all the departments concerned and independent environment experts, said the minister.

“We will take stock of these 15 days and based on our findings, we will decide what shape it will take in the future. We will also discuss what other measures for pollution control can be taken in the future,” said Rai.

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He said the government will also work towards setting up a committee to promote cycling as an alternative mode of transport.

“We will work in phases… in the first phase, we will encourage local connectivity. When people step out to go to the market, to the barber or to visit a friend, they should not take their motorcycle or car. They should take a cycle instead. The money earned through challans will be given as subsidy to help people buy cycles. In the second phase, we will create cycle lanes so that people are able to cycle on main roads as well,” he said.

“In the third phase, we will create cycle stands at Metro and bus stations so that people don’t have to worry about parking their cycles. The committee will explore these possibilities,” added Rai.

The minister said an event will be held on January 17 to “congratulate” the people of Delhi on the “success” of the odd-even plan.

“At a meeting of the coordination committee, it was decided that we will hold a ‘badhai’ programme at the Chhatrasal Stadium on January 17,” he said.

The entire cabinet, officers of all concerned government departments and private bus owners who participated in the odd-even operations will be part of the programme, said Rai.

“All the people of Delhi, who made odd-even a success, are invited to celebrate with the Cabinet,” said Rai.

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    Sirius
    Jan 14, 2016 at 3:04 am
    Please exclude the period of CBSE board exams (1-Mar - 25 Apr) from the period of the odd-even ...
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      Kapil
      Jan 15, 2016 at 3:21 pm
      Sabse ghatiaa rule...... Aam admi party agar damm h to auto walo ko sudharo na saalo ko bolne ki tameez h....AAP govt ke vote ate h na auto walo se isliyee unki fat ti h
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        Achal
        Jan 13, 2016 at 6:39 pm
        No efforts in improvement in public transport were noticed during odd even scheme.
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          AT
          Jan 14, 2016 at 7:43 am
          Well you are correct in some ways, except that the following steps were taken: 1) 3000 extra buses were started (plan was 6000, but schools backed off at last moment) 2) bus dedicated lanes were made for faster commuting through buses 3) Metro frequency through out the day was maintained at peak hour frequency. But that's a long way behind what is needed and I hope both the central and the state government come together to make Delhi a public transport dominant green city
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            Aparna Pandey
            Feb 9, 2016 at 11:55 am
            Yes! odd even is good for delhi and should be apply permanently
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              Bobby
              Jan 14, 2016 at 8:20 pm
              You Stop wrong Information. I had to go to hospital and the Police were very helpful. Didn't ask too many questions either. Was allowed to go. So just stop this rubbish, Shuchit and allow us to live in peace in Delhi. (I stay in Maya Enclave FYI)
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                CHANDRA BHUSHAN
                Feb 5, 2016 at 6:31 am
                दिल्ली ट्रैफिक के लिए odd- even फार्मूला ी है. रोज हजारों लोग ट्रैफिक में फसते है फिर भी लोग इसके खिलाफ है. जब फार्मूला लागू था तब दिल्ली की सडको पर ट्रैफिक ज्यादा नही था. अगर किसी को इमरजेंसी होती थी तो वो आसानी से टाइम पर पहुच जाता था. लेकिन अब ऐसा नही है. यहाँ तो लोग ambulance तक को साइड नही देते. तो ये odd-even फार्मूला कैसे चलने देंगे.
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                  codesave
                  Apr 27, 2016 at 10:28 am
                  Health is more important pls Dont stop odd even rule. Yes, odd even is GOOD for DELHI and it should apply permanently.
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