Between April 15 and 30, you will be allowed to drive your child to school in an odd-numbered car on an even day or vice versa. But if you return alone or go back to pick up your kid from school, be ready to pay Rs 2,000 as fine.
The Delhi government made it clear on Saturday that only cars carrying children with school uniforms will be exempted from the scheme.
This means that parents can either drive back from school before 8am, when the restriction is enforced, or stay back at school till classes are over — an option that has left many furious.
The odd-even scheme mandates that four-wheelers having registration number ending with an odd digits ply on odd dates and those ending with even digit ply on even dates.
“The government wants us to use the public transport. But how can we go looking for buses and autos early in the morning and also reach the school on time. I shudder to imagine my nine-year-old son travelling in a packed public bus when I have a car parked at home,” said Anil Vyas, a parent in Tagore Garden.
Principals of some popular schools in the city estimate that about 50% to 70% of their students travel in private cars.
However, they said they can do little to make their ride to school easy during the second phase of the odd-even scheme. Ar ranging extra buses or allowing parking for an entire day will be out of question, they said.
Ashok Pandey, principal, Ahlcon International School, Mayur Vihar, said: “If the government has thought about providing such an exemption, then they should show some trust in parents. Schools cannot do anything in this regard. Parking is a huge problem and there is no provision for it.”
The government has suggested that parents use carpools when going back to get their children. However, parents will have to make sure that they drop the children at school and come back before 8am when the restrictions come into force every day, except Sunday.
“Many schools start at 8 am. So how early can the parents drop their child and go back? Even if parents manage to carpool, it will be very difficult as children have to be dropped at tuition centres after school. How will the parents manage? This suggestion seems clearly impractical,” said Tania Joshi, principal, The Indian School.