A majority of the Delhiites who were asked about the controversial odd-even vehicle registration scheme that will be implemented in January said it is likely to fall flat on its face if the government does not back it up with a comprehensive plan.
Voters also swayed in support of the ban on new registrations of diesel cars as well as the registration renewal of diesel vehicles older than 10 years.
The survey conducted by LocalCircles, a citizens’ engagement portal, polled over 10,000 people for their opinion on the government’s odd-even plan and to get their suggestions on alternatives to reduce the Capital’s alarming pollution levels.
From a sample size of 10, 447, 69% people felt that the government will not be able to successfully implement the odd-even plan.
But over 50% of 9,181 voters said that it would be better to try the project in a few areas for a limited time.
When asked whether the scheme is likely to increase the sale of cars in Delhi, 61% of 9,769 voters said yes. “A major issue is that the odd-even rule will result in people buying more cars and keep an odd and an even registered car each. In the poll, 61% people felt that this might happen if the rule is implemented for a long period,” the survey results read.
However, 74% of the 9,174 voters supported the government’s ban on new diesel car registrations in Delhi. Another 78% out of a sample size of 9, 066 voted in favour of the ban on registration renewal of diesel vehicles older than 10 years.
“The Delhi government is at loggerheads with the Centre, so any move trying to implement this rule through the Delhi Police is not likely to work. It would be better if the government approaches the implementing agencies after taking into consideration inputs from the people,” said K Yatish Rajawat from LocalCircles.com.