Odd-even days over, CM Arvind Kejriwal says scheme to return in new form

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday thanked people, media and judiciary for an 'overwhelming response' to the Odd-Even scheme and said that pollution level down during the 15-day period.

Written by MAYURA JANWALKAR | New Delhi | Updated: January 16, 2016 4:10 am
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THANKING THE people, police and government of Delhi for their role in implementing the 15-day odd-even drive to curb vehicular pollution that ended on Friday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the administration would re-introduce the scheme in an “improved form”.

In a tweet on Friday night, Kejriwal wrote: “Proud of u Delhi. U give me confidence ‘Together, we can achieve anything’. 1st phase of Odd Even ends today. Will do again in improved form.”

Kejriwal had earlier urged people to continue the scheme voluntarily, even though it officially ended at 8 pm on Friday. “I would request you not to give up the good habits that you have developed. From tomorrow, there will be no fine of Rs 2,000, but please keep this going voluntarily. Please continue with it because this is a question of our lives, our health, our children and our city,” said Kejriwal.

Watch video: Debating The Success Of Kejriwal’s Odd-Even Formula

The private car-rationing scheme was introduced by the Aam Aadmi Party government on January 1 as a pilot initiative. On Friday, Kejriwal said he would hold a review meeting on January 18 with government departments to understand “the lessons learnt and what preparations we need to make when we start this again in the future”.

Read Also: Delhi’s odd-even rule ends today: A look-back at the last 15 days 

“The last 15 days were a great experience. I would like to congratulate the people of Delhi. We often hear people say that people in the US and Singapore are very good and law-abiding but not Indians. But this has shown that the people of India are very good,” said Kejriwal.

“No government tried to engage with its people like this before. This was the first time. People supported and followed the rule. People of Delhi are terrific when governance is taken out of the secretariat. They have set an example for the world,” he said.

Satyendar Jain, the nodal minister for the AAP government’s pollution control measures, said that with the end of the odd-even initiative, the government can now focus on other measures of air pollution control. He said that 48 construction sites were sanctioned for dust violations in this span, with 42 being challaned again.

“We will urge the National Green Tribunal to revise the fines on construction sites. The fine of Rs 50,000 may be reduced for smaller sites but it should be increased to upto Rs 5 lakh for large construction sites,” said Jain.

He also said that the PWD had issued tenders for vacuum cleaners and that vacuum cleaning of roads will start on April 1.

Transport Minister Gopal Rai said pollution data received over the last 15 days showed there was a decline in PM 2.5 levels.

“Data over the last 15 days shows that in December the levels of PM 2.5, caused by vehicle pollution, was above 600. The most dangerous levels seen during the odd-even scheme at the permanent pollution monitoring centres were at an average of 400. There is independent data of the Centre for Science and Environment, too, that we submitted to the court. It showed that if there was no odd-even, the adverse weather in January would have also shown levels of 600,” Rai said.

Kejriwal added, “Pollution did decline but the most visible effect (of odd-even) was the decongestion of roads. Roads were empty and travel time was halved. This gave people more time to live their lives. There were no more traffic jams to irritate them. Many people are saying this should continue. They are ready to put up with the inconveniences.”

According to the Delhi government, DTC and other buses ran at a capacity of 53 lakh during odd-even operations instead of 46 lakh otherwise. The traffic police, transport department and sub-divisional magistrates issued 9,144 challans to violators during the drive up to Thursday. While 40,000 people downloaded the government’s Pooch-O app to book autorickshaws, 4,500 downloaded its carpooling app.

 

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    Sirius
    Jan 15, 2016 at 11:20 am
    Please don't change the narrative to better traffic management . Publish results against your original objective of reducing pollution . Next steps can be firmed up only after that ...
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      PCKULKARNI
      Jan 15, 2016 at 4:57 pm
      Apply some burnol
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        Raj Dhulia
        Jan 15, 2016 at 11:33 am
        Good job! Keep it up
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          Akhlesh Mathur
          Jan 15, 2016 at 12:34 pm
          he is a marketing guy ....he will never show data
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            Garg Prakash
            Jan 16, 2016 at 6:14 am
            It seems that no one wants to come out from their comfort zone. We require emergency to improve ourselves. How selfish we are. Will Delhi implement the scheme voluntarily in the coming weeks.
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              Ashika katoch
              Jan 19, 2016 at 5:14 am
              The odd even formula had a great success . The pollution was decrease from 1 Jan to 15 Jan their was no traffic at all . Government earned about 1.83 crores on fine that's good . APP govt. Doesn't want to take all the credit because this formula was had great success by our citizen who take their Responsibility and use their Care odd car in odd day and even car in even day . some people will continue this formula after 15 jan . We thanks our govt. to take this step .
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                Avinash
                Jan 15, 2016 at 3:30 pm
                This is not what he meant.
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                  Bhavadasan Veemboor Kadalayil
                  Jan 15, 2016 at 11:59 am
                  Please furnish supporting data
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                    BM Singh
                    Jan 15, 2016 at 10:46 pm
                    Less number of cars on road shall reduce congestion and has reduced peak hours pollution/ emissions. usage of two wheelers would have increased and higher utilization of 3 wheelers would increase over all pollution levels. Claims of success by AAP are not realistic. Media has not shown during this exercise overcrowding of buses and metro during peak hours because of their reluctance to be on the wrong side of AAP which is a major sensational news generator in this country . If one has to follow what Bejing has achieved , major improvements are required in public transport and infrastructure. Whether AAP which believes in free power and water can deliver it?
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                      david
                      Jan 15, 2016 at 11:55 am
                      Making fool of Delhi people, the pollution has increased in last 2 weaks.
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                        Dinesh Singh
                        Jan 15, 2016 at 12:57 pm
                        Good job Delhi. keep it up. You deserve thanks for the work you have done. Now Modi's Gujrat is following and people are trying to have this scheme in Mumbai.
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                          gurjar
                          Feb 8, 2016 at 6:30 am
                          I agree that Odd/Even formula is good one. But, there are lots of cars who run on CNG, but without entry on RAC. I think, RAC entry tag should be avoided or let take Rs.500/- as Penalty with receipt should be second option.
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                            gurjar
                            Feb 8, 2016 at 6:31 am
                            Rs.500/- Penalty with Receipt. This should be one-time penalty.
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                              Harvinder Singh
                              Jan 27, 2016 at 10:48 am
                              Yes,Yes,Yes. Yeh scheme dobara lagoo honi chahiye. Yeh school papers ke baad lagoo ho. Yeh parmanant honi chahiye. Koi 2nd car lega yeh har kise ki apni soch hai. Scheme main kisi ko choot nahi milni chahiye. Scheme 24 hours ki ho. Scheme or sakhti se lagoo ho.
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                                Kulvinder singh
                                Jan 15, 2016 at 4:10 pm
                                Please fix public transport also. Make it accountable to people and service oriented. Improve dtc bus quality. Improve last mile connectivity to metro stations
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                                  Lovely
                                  Jan 16, 2016 at 1:26 am
                                  It is beneficial to rich cl people who own multiple cars.Any doubt?
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                                    Lovely
                                    Jan 15, 2016 at 11:20 am
                                    Self -certificate! by AK Tuqalac
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                                      Nishant
                                      Jan 15, 2016 at 1:59 pm
                                      Mumbai is in Gujrat?
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                                        KS KUMAR
                                        Jan 16, 2016 at 3:24 pm
                                        After the type of language Keriwal has used against Modi, you cannot except any support openly. However, police which is under BJP have helped the scheme to succeed. If Kejriwal starts talking proper language then only he can except reciprocity.
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                                          KS KUMAR
                                          Jan 16, 2016 at 2:02 am
                                          Before the scheme commenced, unsure of its success/failure, Kejriwal had made allegations that BJP was trying to sabotage the scheme and media gave wide publicity to its remarks. Now since it is not a failure Kejriwal is taking credit. Why media is not questioning him as to why he had made allegations against BJP before launch of the scheme. Media is happy to publish anything said by anybody as long as the same is against BJP.
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                                            pradeep
                                            Jan 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm
                                            Government earned about Rs.1.83 crores on fines. Good.
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