The Delhi government’s plan to take feedback on the odd-even restriction through an online questionnaire and through phone took off on Monday.
The government had started collecting feedback on email last week.
On Monday, it launched a website — oddevenidea.delhi.gov.in — where citizens can log in and submit their feedback. A mobile number — 9595561561 — has also been launched.
Citizens can give a missed call on this number after which a call to collect feedback will be made to the person.
On email, the government has already received over 7,000 responses. According to sources, most of the respondents want the odd-even restriction to be back.
A clear trend regarding when it should be brought back has not emerged yet.
In the feedback form online, the government has asked if the restriction can be brought back in March when schools have exams.
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.