Govt to take fresh call on odd-even today

Transport Minister Gopal Rai said that the government will make the announcement after reviewing over 11 lakh responses received from the public through multiple channels on Wednesday.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 11, 2016 4:15 am
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will announce the details of the second phase of the odd-even scheme at 4 pm on Thursday.

On Wednesday, his government was busy compiling a report of feedback received from people on the scheme, which was earlier implemented from January 1 to January 15.

“Odd even ke bhavishya par kal Delhi sarkar legi faisla. Aaj janmat sangrah ki report ho rahi hai taiyaar (The Delhi government will take a decision on the future of odd-even tomorrow. A report of public opinion is being compiled),” Transport Minister Gopal Rai tweeted on Wednesday.

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Sources said the second phase is likely to be introduced in April as school examinations will be underway in March. At public meetings held by MLAs across the city on February 7, many people had voted for the odd-even scheme to kick-in after school examinations.

On January 25, Kejriwal had invited views from people for the next phase of the scheme. “We want people to tell us whether or not they want odd-even to return. If yes, then when… and for how many days… whether or not they will buy a second car if it returns, whether the exemptions granted under the scheme need to be reviewed and any other suggestions,” Kejriwal had said.

The scheme, introduced as an experiment to reduce pollution in the capital, was “successful” because people made it their movement and implemented it effectively, Delhi government officials said. They added that the scheme will return with the dual purpose of controlling air pollution and de-congesting Delhi roads.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on February 7 that most people wanted the scheme to return. Majority of the people at a public meeting he attended had said that VIPs should not be exempt from the scheme.

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  1. S
    Feb 10, 2016 at 12:08 pm
    Legality of the 'referendum' set to be challenged, as car owners have not violated any law. Only factor that is legally sustainable is the pollution trend analysis from Jan1-15 experiment by multiple agencies. Why is Mr. Kejriwal shying away from presenting that to court ?
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      IML sood
      Feb 10, 2016 at 2:52 pm
      Oh another Nautanki?What is wrong with Kujliandparty?Why they are after Delhi by creating mess again and again. When it was proved after their false claim of success that there was no tangible improvement, why they want to put general people to hardship once again.Have they improved anything in name of transport,infrastructure and other such facilities,a big No than why they want to force people to take this bitter pill again?It is proved that anything coming in the way of Zero becomes zero. Stop such foolish acrostic as it will help to boost your sagging graph in Delhi.
        Feb 10, 2016 at 12:31 pm
        So you are not worried about the health of Delhi people especially the children. What a shame
        1. Y
          Young Indian
          Feb 10, 2016 at 1:22 pm
          Whenever odd-even scheme is not running Kejri should beter go out of Delhi for his cough treatment.. This will be good for him good for Delhi and good for country!
          1. K
            K SHESHU
            Feb 10, 2016 at 1:40 pm
            Delhi government of initiating pollution-free capital is commendable. Inviting suggestions is a positive move towards transperency. However in addition to vehicles, other pollutants like industrial effluents, encroachment on river bed of Jamuna contaminating its water, indiscriminate felling of trees,etc., should also be considered. A standard procedure to curb pollution in all major cities must be formulated at the earliest.
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