Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday said that the second phase of odd-even scheme will be implemented in Delhi.
Rai, however, did not disclose the dates for the same, stating that the dates will be decided after reviewing the impact of the ongoing pilot project.
“We have called a meeting on January 18 to review the impact of car rationing scheme in the last 15 days. The meeting will be chaired by the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal,” Rai said.
The odd-even scheme, which was implemented under a lot of speculations from 1 January, is to see its last day of first phase on Friday.
“On the basis of results of ongoing odd-even scheme, it will be decided when to implement its second phase,” Rai added.
Rai further said the government will organise an event at Chhatrasal Stadium on 17 January to thank people of Delhi who made the scheme a success.
He said that the residents of the city made odd-even plan a success as they followed the rules willingly for reducing pollution levels.
He also briefed media about the fourth car-free day in the Capital.
“The fourth car-free day will be organised on a six kilometer stretch from Delhi University Metro station to Chhatrasal Stadium on 22 January,” Rai said.
Car-free day, held on the 22nd day of every month, was launched by the government in October to create public awareness about using public transport and thus bringing down pollution levels.
Rai said the fourth car-free day would witness participation of professors and students of Delhi University in the campaign and lead a cycle rally.
It will be observed between 8 am and 4 pm. The first car-free day was held on 22 October on the Red Fort-India Gate stretch and the second in Dwarka on 22 November, while the third one was organised in Laxmi Nagar on 22 December.
The monthly exercise is aimed at curbing air pollution. The increasingly toxic air in the capital prompted the judiciary to nudge the city government to check pollution. Reacting to the crisis, the government had started odd-even formula from January 1, allowing odd-even numbered private vehicles on alternate days.