Odd-even to return in April, Kejriwal will announce dates today

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 11, 2016 09:36 IST
The government will announce the dates after reviewing over 11 lakh responses received from public through multiple channels. (HT File Photo)

Two-wheelers will continue to be exempt from the odd-even restriction that is set to return in April.

According to sources, the government is keen on exempting women as well because of security concerns but as since a large number of people in the feedback exercise had opposed it, the jury is still out.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will disclose the findings from the feedback and the new date as well as the modalities of the restriction on Thursday.

According to sources, there is a chance that the list of VIPs excluded from the rule may see some crunching. At feedback meetings held by MLAs, people had voted unanimously against giving any exemption to VIPs.

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“The Delhi government will take a decision on the future of the odd-even vehicular restriction scheme on which a report is being prepared today (Wednesday) on the basis of a referendum,” Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai tweeted.

After over 2 lakh people sent in their suggestions and the Delhi government contacted another 10 lakh for feedback, it is certain that the odd-even restriction will be back for another stint.

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The odd-even formula saw cars with registration numbers ending in even digits off Delhi roads on even dates and vice versa. Two wheelers, women, VIPs and differently-abled were exempt from the rule.

Over the course of the past 15 days, the Delhi government received 1,82,808 missed calls to give feedback on the odd-even restriction. In addition, 28,400 forms were filled online and 9,000 emails were sent.

The Delhi government’s transport department made calls to 10 lakh people to collect feedback.

Feedback collection came to a close at 6pm on Monday.

After a 15-day trial of the odd-even between January 1 and January 15, the Delhi government had claimed massive support from Delhiites and said it would look at reintroducing the restriction.

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