Odd-Even: Delhi to analyse over 11 lakh responses

RSTV Bureau
File Photo: In 2014, Delhi was ranked the world's most polluted city in terms of air pollution.

File Photo: A traffic constable in New Delhi in 2015. Delhi was ranked the world’s most polluted city in terms of air pollution by WHO in 2014.

Delhi government will start analysing over 11 lakh responses that it has received to its 15 day long car rationing scheme. Odd-even scheme was implemented on trial basis for 15 days in January to check the air pollution and reduce congestion on city roads. Delhi was ranked the world’s most polluted city in terms of air pollution in a study released by World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2014. The survey had covered 1600 cities in 91 countries.

The odd-even scheme was discontinued after 15 days and the government had sought response of public to decide the fate of the scheme.

The government received the public opinion through emails, missed calls, online forms and suggestions of people whom it reached out to through interactive voice response system.

“Around 28,300 suggestions have been received through online forms while another 9,000 and 1,82,808 have come through emails and missed called respectively. The government, on its part, has made more than 9,00,000 calls to gather public opinion,” a senior government official said. Now we will analyse the responses, he added.

Delhi government has sought public opinion through email, IVR or on a special website created for this purpose. A emaJanuary 26 to invite public opinion on the scheme, while a dedicated website and a phone line was launched on February 1.

Also people’s response was gathered through automated calls through IVR (Interactive Voice Response) where they were given a number of options on the proposed second phase of the odd-even scheme. Public meetings were also held across the city on two days to get more feedback.

AAP MLAs, who organised the meetings, have claimed that public opinion was ‘overwhelmingly’ in favour of re-introduction of the scheme which was rolled out on January 1 for a fortnight in the first phase.

A structured questionnaire was put forth by the government on whether the scheme should be implemented again, if yes, when it should be done and for what duration among others.

Four probable launching dates for the second phase were given – February 14, March 1, April 1 and May 1.
It had also asked people whether the President, the Vice-President, the Prime Minister and Union ministers should be exempted in the second phase.

The status of women drivers, who were exempted in the first phase, will also be decided based on the responses.

The government is likely to implement the next phase of scheme after it seeks to first address two major concerns related to commuting by school children and the possibility of people purchasing another car to circumvent the restrictions.

(With agency inputs)