Odd-even policy: Delhi govt in talks with Google, Twitter for info relay

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 29, 2015 17:55 IST
A Delhi Transport Corporation bus. The government cancelled the long leave of all DTC staff during the 15-day trial period for the policy. But they will be entitled to their weekly offs. (HT file photo)

The Delhi government is in talks with IT mammoths Google and Twitter to make accessible to the public information about nearest local transport to avail of during the trial period of the odd-even policy.

“We want these companies to update their back end data and include the schedule of buses and Metro into them. Someone who is leaving their car behind can fill destinations through Twitter or Google and information about the nearest available public transport, be it Metro or bus, will be given,” said transport minister Gopal Rai.

Talking about the measures planned to implement the road rationing policy, he said a four-member committee headed by the chief secretary will decide the penalty to be charged from violators.

The Delhi government also authorised all Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) depots to include private buses in their fleet, which will run as public transport during the trial period.

And the registration date was extended to December 26. A trail run will be conducted the next day. The government aims to augment its fleet by integrating 4,000 private buses.

It also asked the education department to hold meetings with schools so that 2,000 of their buses can also be used as public transport.

It assured that it would pay damage compensation, if any, during the exercise.

It also rationalised the routes of feeder bus service of the DMRC as it planned to have buses at every Metro station.

“We also conducted a meeting with MLAs to rationalise the route of buses. We are identifying colonies where large number of government or private employees going to same place live. We will provide bus service from these colonies to their offices,” Rai added.

Further, the minister also cancelled the long leave of all DTC staff during the 15 days. But they will be entitled to their weekly offs.

Rai said the government was in talks with companies to install remote sensor based CCTV cameras on few routes to study the impact of the odd-even formula. Meanwhile, the AAP’s trade wing decided to get stickers printed for odd and even numbered cars.

“We will distribute it among the traders so that they can paste it on their cars. This way they will support the cause and will bring out cars only on the designated days,” said Brijesh Goyal of the AAP trade wing.

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