Odd, even trial in Delhi for 15 days

Odd, even trial in Delhi for 15 days

The Delhi government’s odd-even plan to restrict private vehicles on roads will initially be a 15-day affair starting January 1.

While odd-number vehicles will ply on odd number dates of the month and even-number vehicles on even number dates, Sundays will be open to all vehicles.

The government is going to take decisions by Thursday on whether to exempt two-wheelers from the odd-even plan; if any concessions need to be given to women or disabled drivers; if there would be a penalty then how much would it be and how to involve vehicles coming from NCR town in the odd-even plan aimed at cleaning the air, said Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai.

He said it was also being considered whether to exempt motorists attending emergencies and forced to violate the plan.

Plan on 8 am-8 pm

After a meeting chaired by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday, Rai announced that the final odd-even plan would be enforced from 8am to 8pm only.

Earlier, the government was considering a proposal to allow odd-number vehicles on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and even-number vehicles on the rest of the days.
“But there were suggestions that following a schedule based on days of the week would be difficult to remember. This is the reason why we are sticking to a date-based schedule for odd-even plan,” Rai said.

Now, vehicles ending with odd numbers would ply on dates like 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and so on. Vehicles with even numbers will ply on 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, 20th, 30th and so on.

“The impact of the plan on the air quality will be studied at 200 points across the city and the data will be displayed,” said Rai, adding the next review meeting will be held on Thursday .

Within one month, 1,000 private cluster buses would be added to boost the public transport fleet and 9,000 contract carriage and school buses will also be involved to boost the availability of public transport.

“We are holding a meeting with schools and contract carriage on Wednesday to get their vehicles for public transport,” said Rai. Buses are available as there are winter vacations in schools in the first two weeks of the year.

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