Seeking public opinion on the Odd Even scheme and whether to introduce it again, AAP MLAs today conducted Jansabhas across the city to ascertain the people’s view on it.
MLAs from 12 assembly constituencies—Delhi Cantt, Kasturba Nagar, Greater Kailash, Malviya Nagar, Jangpura, Chattarpur, Karol Bagh, Tilak Nagar, Wazirpur, Mundka, Nangloi Jat and Madipur— held jansabhas to know people’s views on the scheme.
Several MLAs said the response for continuation of the scheme was overwhelming. .
“Delhi wants #oddevenformula back soon…says the jansabha held at Sarvpriya Vihar in my constituency. 3 more scheduled jansabhas tomorrow,” Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti tweeted.
“People have demanded to start the scheme again,” said Tilak Nagar MLA Jarnail Singh.
The initiative will also continue tomorrow in 13 Assembly — Shakur Basti, Greater Kailash, Mehrauli, R K Puram, Ballimaran, Wazirpur, Karol Bagh, Jangpura, Chattarpur, Model Town, Kasturba Nagar, Madipur and Sadar Bazaar— constituencies.
“It is a Delhi government event and will continue even tomorrow,” said Greater Kailash MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj.
Delhi government has decided to gather public opinion on the proposed second phase of the odd-even car-rationing scheme by directly reaching out to at least 10 lakh residents through “automated calls”, supplementing a phone line and email address that are already in force.
Calls are also being made through Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology, used by telecom companies among others, and are giving people a number of options on the proposed measure to choose from.
The government has already opened a dedicated phone line, a website, put up on line forms and launched an email address on a six-point questionnaire on the car-rationing measures.
“Over 10,000 on line forms have been downloaded in less than a week, more than 8,500 email responses have been submitted and around 45,000 calls made,” a government official said.
The first phase of the pilot plan was rolled out on January 1 and it stayed in force for 15 days.
The government is likely to implement the next phase of odd-even scheme after March as it seeks to first address two major concerns related to commuting by school children and the possibility of people purchasing another car to circumvent the restrictions.