Examining Odd-Even, Delhi govt claims dip in pollution

RSTV Bureau

delhi-odd-even 1Delhi government took a stock of its Odd-Even scheme of road rationing for the private vehicles, which was in force for a 15-day trial period from January 1 to January 15. The ambitious scheme was launched last month to counter the rising level of pollution the national capital, especially after series of concerns raised by the courts and experts.

Lauding the scheme, the AAP government in Delhi claimed that studies undertaken so far showed dip in the level of pollution during the trial period of scheme.

“Independent experts and the government departments has backed the scheme,” said Delhi Transport minister Gopal Rai after his meeting with the officials and experts to examine the scheme.

As per the rule, private cars with licence plate numbers ending with an even digit are allowed to ply on even dates and the odd-number ones on odd dates.

The Delhi transport minister, however, expressed apprehension that the sales of second-hand cars may shoot up if the scheme is made permanent.

“If we make it permanent, then sales of second cars could increase,” he said adding the government is also exploring the ways for the school children, who don’t use school buses, to be transported by their parents.

Earlier on Sunday, in a rally organised by the AAP government to ‘thank’ general public for the “overwhelming” support to the Odd-Even scheme, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that an improved version of the scheme will be announced soon.

“In the coming days an announcement will be made to improve the scheme with precautions and changes and it will be implemented soon,” Kejriwal said.

The Chief Minister had also specially praised Chief Justice of India TS Thakur, who carpooled to office during the implementation of the scheme. Kejriwal said the CJI Thakur’s decision to carpool “inspired lakhs and crores of people”.

(With inputs from the PTI)