The Delhi high court on Wednesday asked the government to treat as representation a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking to reintroduce the odd-even scheme in the capital through awareness campaigns and with differential parking and toll tariff.
“The present petition has some good suggestions, look into it,” a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath said while asking the Delhi government to consider the suggestions stated in the petition filed by advocate Jeetender Gupta.
Earlier this week, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had said his government will seek public opinion on the second phase of the scheme through a questionnaire, which can be mailed back. It also plans to start a phone line and hold ‘jan sabhas’ in each constituency to gather feedback.
The government is expected to come up with details of the second phase on February 10.
Gupta in his petition said that the scheme urgently needs to be continued through awareness campaigns and support of volunteer groups, keeping in mind the larger interest of the society.
“While the Delhi government was aware of the alarming level of pollution in the city, it failed to continue the policy…especially when a large section of the Delhi residents were voluntarily supporting the policy,” said the plea.
He said that the voluntary cooperation of the public along with differential parking and toll tariff can help in sustaining the odd-even policy on a long term basis, which will ultimately reduce air pollution and traffic congestion in the city.
“The Delhi government can reintroduce the scheme by using a differential tariff approach by charging double parking rate from odd/even vehicles on even/odd dates without exempting any category whatsoever,” it stated.