The Delhi government has appointed two committees, one to compare the two phases of its odd-even policy and the other to find ways to make Metro trains more frequent, Transport Minister Gopal Rai said Saturday.
“We had a delegation from Moscow… we held discussions with them… we found that the frequency of Metro trains is higher in foreign countries. We have formed a committee to look into the issue and figure out how we can improve the frequency of Metro trains,” said Rai.
On whether Delhi will witness another round of the road-rationing exercise, Rai said the government was going to study the findings of a committee which was going to analyse the two phases of odd-even.
The six-member committee, headed by Special Secretary (transport) K K Dahiya, will submit its findings on May 10. “The panel will also consider factors such as schools being shut in phase I and open in phase II. We will study the committee’s report and then decide on the next round,” said Rai.
While multiple agencies have analysed the impact of the scheme on pollution levels, Rai said the government will take into account the findings of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), which monitored air quality over a 30-day period. The DPCC will submit its report —on pollution levels from April 6-May 6 — on May 9.
Rai claimed that areas in interior Delhi experienced low pollution levels but in 10-15 areas near the city’s border, the levels shot up almost three times.
On whether Delhi residents want a third round of the pollution-control plan, the minister said that in a survey conducted by the BJP, 45 per cent of the respondents had supported the policy. “These are the people who fail odd-even on the very first day. Yet, even in their survey, 45 per cent of respondents agreed with odd-even,” said Rai.
The minister said the government was working on introducing adequate public transport in the capital, adding, “We will get 1,000 cluster buses in May… 12 bus depots are being built. Tenders for 2,000 buses and 100 mini-buses will be floated this month. In total, we will get 4,000 new buses this year.”