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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