Odd-even may be en­forced for a fort­night ev­ery month in Delhi

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The Delhi gov­ern­ment is se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing im­ple­ment­ing the odd-even plan for 15 days ev­ery month. Chief Min­is­ter of Delhi Arvind Ke­jri­wal said this at a press meet called on Satur­day to an­nounce the next phase of odd-even from April 15. Flag­ging Round Two for a fort­night, he said it would not be pos­si­ble to make the plan per­ma­nent till the pub­lic trans­port sys­tem was made ro­bust, which may take over a year. While the CM ar­gued that peo­ple would face a prob­lem only for four-five days each month if the gov­ern­ment went ahead, such a de­ci­sion could im­pact pub­lic opin­ion ad­versely. With­out pub­lic trans­port be­ing aug­mented and other mea­sures to bring down pol­lu­tion -which was the orig­i­nal ob­jec­tive -it may end up in­con­ve­nienc­ing com­muters. They will have to move around their sched­ules and the scheme could boomerang. For now, the sec­ond phase of the plan will take off for 15 days from April 15, 8am to 8pm daily. It won’t be en­forced on Sun­days. All ex­emp­tions that were in force the last time round are be­ing re­peated, be­sides school­child­ren be­ing kept out of the am­bit this time. How­ever, as the gov­ern­ment has not been able to come up with a so­lu­tion for par­ents -read men be­cause women are ex­empt -go­ing to pick up chil­dren from school in the af­ter­noon, it has asked them to ei­ther car­pool or look for al­ter­na­tives. The as­sump­tion is that chil­dren will be dropped well be­fore 8am and hence the morn­ing hours don’t pose a prob­lem.

With­out pub­lic trans­port be­ing aug­mented and other mea­sures to bring down pol­lu­tion -which was the orig­i­nal ob­jec­tive -it

may end up in­con­ve­nienc­ing com­muters.

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