New Delhi: There is a strong possibility that schools may close in Delhi from January 1 to 15.
Reports said on Friday that Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia is mulling to discuss the measure with school authorities in order to effectively implement the odd-even formula for cars aimed at curbing pollution in the capital.
The Delhi government will test the odd-even formula in the city from January 1 to 15 as part of which, cars having registration numbers ending in odd digit will run only on odd days like 1, 2, 3 and cars with even numbers will be allowed on roads only on even days like 2, 4, 6.
The government has said that to make the formula a success, it will bring an additional 6,000 buses on roads. Out of these, 2,000 buses will be ones which are currently used to ferry school children.
So, if schools close on these days and DTC/contract carriage buses used to ferry school children are diverted to public routes, the public transport situation will ease in the city when everyone will not be able to use his/her car.
Reports also suggest that the government may make it compulsory for students to use school buses instead of using private vehicles like cars in order to reduce number of vehicles on roads as well as curb pollution.