Considering odd-even for 15 days every month, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

The Delhi government is "seriously" mulling a proposal to enforce the odd-even scheme for 15 days every month, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today.

Written by Pritha Chatterjee | New Delhi | Updated: April 10, 2016 3:39 pm
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Dy CM Manish Sisodia and Transport Minister Gopal Rai at a press conference at Delhi Secretariat on Saturday. PTI Photo by Atul Yadav (PTI4_9_2016_000110B) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Dy CM Manish Sisodia and Transport Minister Gopal Rai at a press conference at Delhi Secretariat on Saturday. (PTI Photo)

Days before the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme returns to Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday said the AAP government was “seriously deliberating” on the possibility of enforcing the rule for 15 days every month till the city was ready to have it permanently.

The second phase of the odd-even experiment — during which odd- and even-numbered vehicles, with specified exemptions, will ply on odd and even dates — is scheduled for April 15 to April 30.

WATCH: Odd-Even Phase II Scheme: Ex-Servicemen March In Unison For Odd-Even Role


“We are seriously deliberating on the idea whether we can implement the odd-even rule for 15 days every month. See, it cannot be made a permanent feature till the public transport system is improved, and that will take at least a year or one-and-a-half years,” Kejriwal said at a press conference where he announced details of the next phase of the scheme.

“If we bring the rule for 15 days every month, our calculation is that every month people will be inconvenienced for 5-6 days. But for the rest of the month, and effectively half of every month, they will not face any problems,” Kejriwal said.

Asked if other ideas were being considered, such as stretching the duration of the scheme when schools were shut, the chief minister said, “We will think of other ideas. But we can implement it for 15 days every month… That seems doable.”

Women driving themselves, VIPs and two-wheelers — and certain other vehicles such as those being used in a medical emergency — were among the exempted categories in the first phase of the odd-even experiment during January 1-15 this year.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “There are only nine working days during these two weeks. Out of that, parents will face a problem only for 4-5 days. Please treat this as your contribution to give your child a healthy environment… you already make so many sacrifices for your children. This is one more.”

Delhi government ministers, including the chief minister himself, will not, however, be exempt from the rule, Kejriwal announced.

Like the first time, violators of the odd-even rule would be fined Rs 2,000. Besides volunteers, 400 ex-servicemen and 1,000 civil defence volunteers would be roped in to assist traffic police personnel in implementing the scheme.

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  1. S
    Apr 9, 2016 at 1:46 pm
    "Obtained all necessary approvals" : Have you filed the pollution trend results from odd-even-1 as an affidavit as demanded by court ?
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      IML sood
      Apr 9, 2016 at 3:45 pm
      See what his bunch of jokers led by their abusive leader Kujli is going to put everyone in Delhi to extreme hardship during this excessive heat in absence of a reliable public transport system.
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        Satendra kumar
        Apr 9, 2016 at 9:52 pm
        A environmental issue be alert delhilite.good for state and the world.
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          Col S
          Apr 10, 2016 at 1:17 am
          This means ODD EVEN is INEVITSBLE.Why? At 20 lakh cars , DELHI ROAD s are saturated and can not take more.This is extension of SATURATION of RESIDENTISL AREAS and NCR. NO MORE ADDITION of cars is;br/gt;Present state is the result of WIDE spread encroachment of verge, footpath and road by CAR OWNERS leaving no place for;br/gt;To prevent this make FOOT PATH one for high and three feet wide. Even traders will be disuaded. This will STOP TJHE urhe to buy another car and offer PETMAMENT and PEACFUL .
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            T DUTTA
            Apr 10, 2016 at 2:25 am
            1. F
              Apr 11, 2016 at 12:45 am
              @Ferrosons , People will buy second car????;br/gt;If atleast 5% of delhi buy 2nd cars to defeat this then government will get an extra tax 20000000000 first year and almost 5000000000 from next year. which will be enough to improve public transportation. ;) #KejriwalRocks
              1. F
                Apr 10, 2016 at 11:41 am
                In other words forcing people to buy to 2 cars.
                1. S
                  Apr 9, 2016 at 1:37 pm
                  i urge ak to consider senior citizens for exemption, more important than for ladies and school students, but not much vote there
                  1. J
                    Apr 9, 2016 at 4:46 pm
                    The odd-even schemes will force people to buy more vehicles and can cause more harm to the environment. I believe the purpose of the hour is to use less number of vehicles while traveling to office. A family in general uses one vehicle during weekend and multiple vehicles during working days. One idea is to collect employee database and see if you can setup a public transport system that can use minivans to pickup people working at one location and drop them at their work location and vice versa. Promote a scheme to provide discounts on auto insurance if they prove that they are using public transportation system. Make sure you can provide security to people traveling in these vans.
                    1. K
                      Apr 11, 2016 at 11:11 am
                      Not a good decision to go for the second phase even without uring the alternate public transport facility just to get some attraction or change the focus of the public. One should not even think of it every month which other wise paralyse the living for most of the middle cl people of this lovely metro city.
                      1. R
                        Apr 30, 2016 at 4:09 am
                        Second phase of odd-even in Delhi has neither reduced pollution nor has helped in reducing traffic on roads as somepeople have got their vehicles converted to CNG and some who could afford have taken other vehicke ,whether old or new. The govt. Is only thinking that problem is caused to people only for 7 days if scheme is continued is not correct. It is not only compelling the people to go for additional vehicle which will add to congestion on roads and will add to parking problems and the return for the same in terms of lesser pollution is negligible as there are other factors also ,which are contributing to pollution. Therfore govt. should in the interst of people of DELHI /NCR ,should drop the idea of re introducing the scheme again or making it permanent and thus should not add to the problems of people ,instead of solving the problems.
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                          Hari Panicket
                          Apr 9, 2016 at 3:50 pm
                          To reduce pollution and congestion, ban all cars,trucks,bikes and scooters from main roads in Delhi area, during the weekends. Allow call taxis only for emergency situations and link up with the traffic police who can note down the taxis number and phone of the driver. At least allow the poor Delhi Nivasi to get some oxygen during the weekend.
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                            sameer puri
                            Apr 11, 2016 at 4:40 pm
                            what about the gender equality ?lt;br/gt;why is kejriwal so scared about losing women votes ?lt;br/gt;what about men being looted at nights ? lt;br/gt;what about unavailability of public trance port at night ?lt;br/gt;Not fair.
                            1. S
                              Apr 9, 2016 at 3:53 pm
                              The initiative if found successful should be implemented in all the major cities
                              1. S
                                Apr 30, 2016 at 6:24 am
                                Odd Evan scheme is painful and pathetic for us. I have given vote to AAP ,now I am thinking why I have given vote to this stupid;br/gt;This Odd Even scheme is pointing each and every individual directly. Every morning struggling to get public conveyance to reach to office in this peak summer which is resulting my poor performance at workplace as I am reaching to office exhausted. In this summer ,got sun stroke as well .My driver is about to lose his job ,if again there is Odd Even Scheme comes as every time I cannot afford to give ry to driver when he is not driving my car due to odd even;br/gt;We are forced to follow the rules of odd even as Challan rate is very high. But the truth is that most of the common man like me are not happy with this Odd even scheme.
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                                  Vinod Bablu
                                  Apr 10, 2016 at 4:29 am
                                  God Save Delhi....they dont have anything to do except ...Odd and Even
                                  1. I
                                    Apr 10, 2016 at 1:11 pm
                                    This is a revolutionary govt. with not only willpower but to ensure that public also contributes to decision-making. Simply superb. Burnol at w prices available for bhakts ....
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                                      yash sehgal
                                      Apr 9, 2016 at 3:25 pm
                                      Odd/ Even is no solution to Delhi at;br/gt;Remove encroachment and everything alright
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