The odd-even road rationing scheme, the 15-day trial period of which came to an end on Friday, could be back soon. Sources within the Delhi government said that the odd-even formula was a “success” and the government is planning to bring back the scheme soon with improved and better facilities. Officials, however, remained tight-lipped about the exact date of the next phase. Severe traffic snarls were witnessed on Saturday in several parts of the national capital, a day after the scheme ended.
“A review meeting of the entire scheme would be held on Monday after which there would be clarity on the issue,” a source said. However, if the buzz is to be believed, phase two of the scheme could be implemented during the summer vacations in May when many schools will remain closed.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has termed the scheme a “success” and said: “We received overwhelming support for the odd-even plan. I would request the people to follow the odd-even policy even after the scheme ends. It is for our city and for our benefit and the benefit of our children’s health.” He also congratulated the people of Delhi and the Delhi police for supporting the government.
The roads in Delhi remained much less congested throughout the trial period. Although, the pollution level remained much above the permissible limit as prescribed by the World Health Organisation. However, it did show a significant drop in the second week of the trial period, which could be also because of clearer weather consitions.
The Delhi police and the Transport Department jointly cracked down on violators and together they issued 9,140 challans to violators. Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai has promised to give subsidy on bicycles with the money that had been collected from offenders. The Delhi government will be holding a “success party” on Sunday at the Chhatrasal stadium in the capital to felicitate all stakeholders.