Hundreds of people offered suggestions to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday on a proposed exemption to parents dropping or picking up their chidren from school when the odd-even plan will be in force.
Schools were shut down when the odd-even scheme was implemented last time between January 1 and January 15. This time when the car rationing plan will be implemented between April 15 and April 30, schools will be open.
The government had suggested on Wednesday that cars with children wearing school uniforms should be exempt from following the odd-even restriction. This prompted questions such as how the enforcers will treat people returning home after dropping their kids school, or those who are going to pick their children from school.
Thats a real problem. Looking for a solution. Pl suggest if anyone has any ideas. https://t.co/zJilAFGaR0— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 7, 2016
Responding to a tweet by Kejriwal, hundreds of citizens came up with their solutions to the problem.
“Issue a sticker for the vehicles which carries children to the schools. This will also help u in collecting data about the transport facility for schools (sic),” Ankush Bhargava tweeted.
A majority of suggestions revolved around getting authorisation from schools. People said schools should issue cards that display the school’s and child’s name and their residence address, vehicle number and the pick up-drop time.
“Enlist such students with help of schools and issue time/route bound permission for parents’ car,” said a person.
Government officials, however, did not agree.
“A lot of children stay back for extra classes, co-curricular activities and sports. A time card will not be applicable in this case. Also, if parents are given the freedom to use this card any time, there are chances of misuse,” a senior official said.
Some people suggested car pooling by parents who live in the same locality.
TV personality Raghu Ram, who has campaigned for the Aam Aadmi Party, asked, “Can we ask schools and parents to try and organize special school carpools?”
Several people also said there should be no exemptions at all. The idea, however, was shot down by some.
“Bad idea, will encourage ppl to use cars instead of school buses to ferry kids to school! (sic)” Renuka Dhar posted.
Some were also in favour of postponing the restriction to June when schools are closed for summer vacations. The government, however, may not take the suggestion seriously.