Odd-Even Scheme Phase II – 7 things you should know
The Odd-Even scheme was last implemented in Delhi from January 1 to 15.
New Delhi: The Delhi government on Thursday announced to reintroduce its fortnight-long Odd-Even Formula from April 15 to curb vehicular pollution in the national capital.
The scheme was last implemented from January 1 to 15. Here's what the Delhi government said while announcing the second phase of the Odd-Even Formula.
1. We are considering whether the Odd-Even scheme can be implemented for 15 days every month on a permanent basis. However, we accept Odd-Even can't be implemented permanently till Delhi's public transportation improves, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
2. We were accused of forcing VIPs to follow the Odd-Even Formula. We won't do that this time. They will be exempt. However, we would request them to follow it anyway, says Kejriwal.
3. Some 80 percent of people in Delhi is in favour of the Odd-Even plan. Out of 276 Mohalla Sabhas in the capital, just one in Vishwas Nagar is not in favour of the Odd-Even plan, says Delhi CM.
4. We received suggestions that two wheelers must also follow the Odd-Even scheme but that will spell trouble. Delhi has 30 to 40 lakh two-wheelers and if these bike riders were to take to buses and Delhi Metro, it will lead to chaos, says Kejriwal.
5. Some 5,500 private buses will be hired for phase two of the Odd-Even scheme, says Transport Minister Gopal Rai.
6. Fine for violating the Odd-Even Formula may be revised, even though we haven't decided on the mater yet, says Kejriwal.
7. Women drivers will continue to be exempted from the Odd-Even provisions, Kejriwal said adding that about 500 retired defence personnel will become traffic enforcement inspectors to men the scheme.