1. Winter is coming but Odd-Even scheme might not; Delhi govt to focus on alternative ways to control pollution

Winter is coming but Odd-Even scheme might not; Delhi govt to focus on alternative ways to control pollution

In a conversation with Hindustan Times, Transport Minister Satyendar Jain said that the government might not roll out the road rationing scheme this time.

By: | Published: October 15, 2016 11:45 AM
delhi-reu-l According to an official, the formula did not achieve significant results while the phase 2 of Odd-Even is said to have increased the congestion on Delhi roads, hence, it would refrain from implementing the scheme this year. (Reuters)

This might bring relief from some and a lesson for others, the Delhi government may ditch the Odd-Even formula this year and instead focus on other ways to control air pollution. In a conversation with Hindustan Times, Transport Minister Satyendar Jain said that the government might not roll out the road rationing scheme this time.

Jain said that as of now the focus is not on the Odd-Even scheme and is instead directed at bus lane system. To control pollution, Delhi is co-ordinating with neighbouring states with steps such as prohibition on stubble burning in order to curb pollution.

If the need be, the Odd-Even rule will be implemented in January 2017, said the Trnasport Minister.

According to an official, the formula did not achieve significant results while the phase 2 of Odd-Even is said to have increased the congestion on Delhi roads, hence, it would refrain from implementing the scheme this year.

With the ongoing tussle between the Delhi government and LG Najeeb Jung, the former feels that getting a permission for the third phase from Jung might be an issue. The official said that LG may ask for a more detailed plan in terms of augmenting the transport system.

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