This year opened with a 15-day trial version of ‘Odd/Even’ vehicle scheme, in an effort to reduce the surging Pollution Level of the capital. To an extent it did work well, but with the growing passengers and limited road network – odd even scheme resulted to traffic hassles. As a result, Delhi’s CM now feels that it is not a long term sustainable measure.
He adds that his government will ramp up public transport in the city within a year to limit the number of vehicles on the roads.
Calling the second phase (April 15-30) of the odd-even scheme “very successful”, Mr Kejriwal said the government will soon come out with a separate policy for cab and bus aggregators which will enable more taxis and buses on the roads.
We have to strengthen the public transport system in the coming days and we are working on it. Transport Minister Gopal Rai said the success of the second phase of the scheme was five per cent more than the first phase of the road rationing measure in January.
The thanksgiving ceremony for the odd even scheme took place on Wednesday where hundreds of civil defence volunteers, accompanied by Delhi traffic police personnel and Delhi government officials, gathered at Chhatrasal Stadium. Kejriwal appreciated the volunteers and thanked traffic police personnel and said the restriction would not have been successful without their support.
To everyone’s surprise the Venue had ‘No Black Dress’ policy.
As a result, anyone who was wearing black was not allowed entry. Some of the workers and party members criticized this as they had to return back inspite of putting in so much effort for the success of the scheme.
“We have been told that people could use black clothes to wave as flags at the venue and that we shouldn’t allow them in,” said a volunteer who did not want to be named.
On the other hand, slamming the opposition and the media, Mr Kejriwal said false claims were being spread that pollution levels had gone up since the inception of the Odd-Even scheme.
Source: Hindustan Times