Transport Minister Gopal Rai Friday announced that the government will implement the third round of the odd-even scheme only after analysing the report of its six-member committee, and surveys by media organisations, on the ongoing second phase.
The announcement comes a day after the transport minister appealed to media houses to conduct an open survey on the existing odd-even scheme while alleging a conspiracy to “sabotage” it. “We have decided to analyse surveys of media organisations, which have been asked to conduct open surveys on the second phase through various modes such as SMS, field surveys and others,” said Rai.
He added, “Last week, we constituted the six-member committee to study the impact of opening of schools and the weather on the second edition. Once we analyse the surveys, the Delhi Cabinet will decide on implementing the third phase.”
On Thursday, Rai had alleged that despite many people following the rule, news channels were constantly airing footage suggesting otherwise.
Since the beginning of phase II, the government has been insisting that bringing back odd-even was a choice made by the people and not a government policy like the first edition. “In public surveys, people said they wanted odd-even again,” Rai had said.
But the government has been on the backfoot with growing opposition to the scheme, especially from the BJP, reports of increased traffic congestion and an increase in car registrations.
Meanwhile, in an industry survey on odd-even conducted over the past 10 days by the PHD Chamber of Commerce, a majority of the sample size of 1,000 people said they were in favour of permanently enforcing the rule. Rai was present at the event.
The chamber said, “A majority of respondents want the rule to be implemented on a permanent basis, with a score of 6.2 out of 10.” Also, respondents marked 5.8 out of 10 for “decline in pollution levels with the implementation of odd-even formula”, 4.3 for “facilitation of public transport system”, 5.8 per cent for “overall travelling experience becoming easier with the advent of odd-even”, and 4 out of 10 to “buying a second car if odd-even is implemented permanently”.
Relaxation in traffic and reduction in time taken to reach the destination both got a score of 5.7.
“Although some parts of Delhi have seen reduction in traffic snarls, some areas continue to suffer from traffic congestion. Some parts of Delhi need proper regulation of traffic and better road networks,” said Saurabh Sanyal, secretary general of the chamber.
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