New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party’s pilot ‘Odd-Even’ scheme’s second phase, which aims to curb pollution and traffic in the Capital, will come to end on April 30 (Saturday). But has the scheme really benefitted and brought much-wanted relief to the Delhiites?
It is a general view of the public that traffic reduced in both the phases of the scheme; but the opinion is not the same as far as travel-time is concerned.
However, Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said that after analysing the reports of its six-member committee and surveys of media organisations, the government will think about implementing the third phase of the scheme.
To help commuters understand the car-rationing scheme, around 500 retired military personnel were recruited to enforce the Odd-Even scheme from April 15-30.
Before the start of the second phase of AAP’s pilot scheme, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that the government was going to arrange 3,000 new buses, including 1,000 luxury ones, which would be fielded by December as part of efforts to ramp up public transport. He said two-floor elevated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors will be constructed to augment transport infrastructure.
It was observed during the second phase of car-rationing scheme, surface-level ozone, a key air pollutant, has been lower this month as compared to April last year.
Who all were exempted in the second phase of the odd-even scheme?
President of India, Vice-President, Prime Minister, Governors of States, Chief Justice of India, Speaker of Lok Sabha, Ministers of the Union, Leaders of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha. Chief Ministers of States and Union Territories except Chief Minister of Delhi, Judges of Supreme Court, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha, Lieutenant Governors of Union Territories, Judges of Delhi High Court, Vehicles of the Lokayukta, Ambulance, fire brigade and hospital, prison and hearse vehicles, Enforcement vehicles, Police, Transport Department, Vehicles authorised by the Divisional Commissioner GNCTD, Paramilitary forces etc.
Vehicles bearing Ministry of Defence number plates, Vehicles which are having a pilot/escort, Vehicles of SPG protectees, Embassy vehicles bearing CD numbers, Compressed Natural Gas-driven vehicles (these vehicles should prominently display sticker ‘CNG Vehicle’ on the front windscreen-issued by Indraprastha Gas Ltd.), Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Vehicles.
Vehicles being used for medical emergencies (will be trust based), Women only vehicles – including children of age up to 12 years travelling with them, Vehicles driven/occupied by handicapped persons.
Vehicles of Chairperson, Union Public Service Commission, vehicles of Election Commissioner/Election Commissioners and vehicles of Controller Auditor General of India, Vehicles carrying children in school uniform, 28 Vehicles of State Election Commission, Delhi & Chandigarah and vehicles deployed by the Commission with Election observers/Returning Officers/Assistant Returning Officers & Security vehicles etc.