Delhi government’s Odd-even scheme, which was implemented in Delhi to curb pollution and traffic snarls, will be back from April 15 to April 30.
It will be relaunched for 15 days, said
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. The first phase of the scheme was held from January 1 to 15 this year. Under the previous formula, odd-numbered four-wheelers were allowed to ply on odd dates and even-numbered vehicles on even dates.
People gathered at Jantar Mantar in support for the Odd-Even formula
In the first phase
, women drivers and two-wheelers were exempted and all types of vehicles were allowed on Sunday. It will be followed in the second phase also. For the re-introduction of the scheme, the government has asked for the public opinion and received an overwhelming response
. “Around 28,300 suggestions have been received through online forms while another 9,000 and 1,82,808 have come through emails and missed called respectively. The government, on its part, has made more than 9,00,000 calls to gather public opinion,” a senior government official said
Even the AAP MLAs, who had organised Jan Shabhas to know about the opinion on the same, claimed to receive a good response.
The measure was brought in to control the city pollution levels which have crossed the World Health Organisation (WHO) safety levels. The WHO even declared that Delhi is the most polluted city in the world. However, according to the recent data by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), cities like Muzaffarpur in Bihar and Varanasi had worse air qualities than the national capital.
Pollution in the national capital rose above safety levels
Delhi stood at the sixth position.