Delhi government may implement the next phase of odd-even scheme sometime after March as it seeks to first redress two concerns related to commuting by schoolkids and possibility of people going for another car to circumvent the limitations.
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who chaired a review meet of the next phase of odd-even on 8 February, has asked all departments to look into these two issues and submit their reports.
The government will plan to bring in another phase of odd-even scheme after completion of CBSE Board Examinations in March and April. This time, two-wheelers will, however, not come under the ambit of the next phase.
The concerned departments have to submit their reports before the next meeting, for which the date is yet to be decided, said Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai.
Elaborating on the 15-day trial phase, Rai said during implementation of the scheme, the average pollution level had reduced and also de-congested Delhi roads.
“During the meeting, two major concerns came up for discussion. Firstly, picking up of schoolkids by parents and secondly, on how to make people avoid purchasing an alternate car,” the minister said.
When asked about inclusion of two-wheelers under the next phase, Rai said no decision has been taken in this regard. It will be possible when the government strengthens the public transport system.
On the public transport’s role, Rai said the frequency of DTC and cluster buses has increased due to this scheme as there was no much traffic-congestion on the roads.
“Around 1,000 buses will start coming on to the roads from April to June this year and 1,000 AC buses will come from July to August.
“Besides, we have decided to introduce ‘Premium Bus Service’ for rich class aimed at encouraging them to use public transport,” he said.
Rai added during the odd-even scheme, the sale of petro and diesel came down between 25% and 30% in Delhi, which shows the pollution level was reduced during that period.
In outer areas of Delhi PM 2.5 levels were recorded more than 400 (ug/m3), while in inner areas in Delhi, they were recorded between 150 and 210 on an average, claimed Rai.