Delhi government’s plan to collect online and telephonic feedback for their 15-day-long odd-even initiative has already started garnering high response from Delhiites.
The online questionnaire was launched on Monday. However, the government had started the process of inviting feedback last week via email. Over 7,000 people have already responded.
The newly launched website — oddevenidea.delhi.gov.in — where citizens can log in and submit their feedback has a list of 10 questions for participants who choose to give a thumbs-up to the road rationing scheme.
After entering your name, email id and mobile number, the participant is asked if the odd-even restriction should be brought back to Delhi. On clicking ‘yes’ a list of questions on the number of days for which the restriction should be implemented this time, when should it be implemented and the categories which should be exempted from the rule is asked.
“Whether odd even scheme can be implemented during exam period in March?” and “Will you buy a second car if odd-even is implemented again?” are also part of the questionnaire.
People can also participate in the survey by giving a missed call on 9595561561. After the missed call, the participant will receive a call to collect feedback.
According to government sources, most of the respondents want the odd-even restriction to be back. However, a clear trend regarding when it should be brought back has not emerged yet.
The government has also decided to hold public consultations to get people’s feedback on the plan, under which cars with registration numbers ending in even digits could ply only on even dates and vice versa.
The public consultations will be held on February 6 and February 7 at a minimum of four locations in all constituencies.
The odd-even restriction is a form of road rationing whereby the movement on roads of cars is determined by which digit – odd or even – their car registration number ends in. The restriction was brought in to curb air pollution but its impact on air quality remains debatable.
Significant reduction in traffic congestion, however, was seen. Reduction in vehicular congestion can eventually lead to a reduction in air pollution, studies have proven.