The odds of odd-even reintroduction: Gopal Rai says it is possible after March
| Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 18:01
New Delhi: Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Saturday issued a statement claiming that the odd-even scheme, which was applied for a fortnight in Delhi, might be implemented after March as the initiative will require effective preparations.
"We might see the implementation of the odd-even scheme in Delhi after March. We have to make some preparations for this," Rai told reporters on the sidelines of a press briefing.
The Delhi government had implemented the scheme on a trial basis from January 1-15 where odd-numbered four wheelers were allowed to ply on odd dates and even-numbered vehicles on even dates.
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The minister also said the Delhi government will add some 3,000 buses by the year end to its fleet.
The odd-even scheme made national headlines for other reasons than just mere traffic control. Claiming proofs of 'CNG sticker scam', a woman had earlier hurled a cup of ink at the Delhi Chief Minister at an event where he was marking the success of the odd-even formula.
The controversial traffic-controlling scheme was passed by the Delhi govt to curb the menace of toxic air pollution in the national capital. Though two weeks of the odd-even scheme did not see drastic cut-down in the air pollution level, the Delhi govt hopes that by further implementation of the scheme for a longer duration, pollution can be brought under control.
(With Inputs from IANS)