In a ‘thanksgiving’ ceremony to mark the success of odd-even scheme at the Chhatrasal Stadium on Wednesday, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal hinted that the next phase of Odd-Even might not be implemented before winter season. The function was organised to conclude the second phase and thank hundreds of civil defence volunteers, Delhi traffic police personnel and Delhi government officials for their contribution in the successful run of the scheme. Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai was also present at the ceremony.
Concluding the second phase of the odd-even plan, he said, “We have to strengthen the public transport system in the coming days and we are working on it. Odd-even cannot be a long-term remedy.” Hinting at an unlikely revival of the scheme before winter, he said he wants to focus on improvement of the public transport in Delhi. To enable increase in use of taxis, he claimed that the government will soon come out with a separate policy for them.
Taking a jibe at the opposition, Kejriwal claimed that the opposition did their best to ensure the failure of odd-even scheme as the initiative was being praised “world over”. Without mentioning Modi’s name, he said, “They had a fear. After the last odd-even, there were talks about it world over. Even Fortune magazine discussed about it…. (Modi) is going around the globe, but not being praised.” Slamming the media, Kejriwal said false claims were being spread that pollution levels had gone up, and mentioned that the Centre for Science and Environment has created legit reports proving the opposite.
Terming the second phase of the odd-even scheme as “very successful”, Kejriwal said that his government will take a decision on future implementation of the odd-even scheme based on analysis of various surveys on air pollution and by examining the effectiveness of both phases. For now, it seems to be on a halt until next winter.