Gopal Rai satisfied with the initial response to odd-even

New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Friday expressed satisfaction over the initial response to the second phase of the odd-even traffic formula.

He also appealed to women to go themselves to drop and pick their children from school to avoid inconvenience, as the second phase of odd-even traffic scheme which aims at battling pollution in the national capital started on Friday.

“I’d also request those going to drop and pick their kids to take their neighbours’ children as well,” said Rai, who carpooled for work in a odd numbered car with Burari legislator Sanjeev Jha and Mehrauli legislator Naresh Yadav.

On Ram Navami celebrations in the national capital, the transport minister said as the devotees were expected to car pool or come in odd numbered cars.

“We don’t want to interfere in any religious procession. Moreover, it is advisable for the devotees to carpool or use odd-numbered cars,” Rai told IANS.

He also hinted at the probability of odd-even scheme becoming a feature of every month if this phase proved successful.

“The first phase was during winters and this is summer. We will have experiences from both the seasons. Therefore, depending on the feedback the government may consider odd-even scheme every month,” he added.

No strike; we support odd-even, say petrol dealers

New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) The Delhi Petrol Dealer Association (DPDA) on Friday dismissed a report that it is going on strike against the odd-even scheme, saying it stands with the government’s initiative to reduce air pollution.

“There is no strike. This is a rumour. Someone might have said in their individual capacity which was misunderstood. The association supports the Delhi government’s odd-even inititative,” DPDA spokesman Atul Peshawaraia told IANS.

“If the government is taking any initiative to clean the air of the national capital then we stand with it as a responsible citizen,” he added.

“The DPDA does not agree with the Delhi government’s odd-even scheme as bikers and other vehicles are exempted. That, however, is not an issue as the government is at least trying to clean the air, which is not an easy job,” he added.

Delhi government’s second phase of odd-even traffic restriction scheme, which aims at reducing air pollution in the national capital, started on Friday.

The scheme disallows private vehicles with even registration numbers to run on odd-numbered dates and vice versa, thus restricting the volume of traffic on roads.

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