The odd-even experiment, aimed at curbing air pollution, will once again play out in Delhi roads from Friday, taking cars whose registration numbers end with even numbers off roads on the first day of its fortnight long implementation. However, not much rush is expected, Friday being a public holiday on account of Ramnavami.
One of the new exemptions in the second phase of the odd-even scheme is that vehicles ferrying children in school uniform will be exempted from the odd-even rule but there are concerns about what will happen when the car is on its way back after dropping the child.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the government has not been able to arrive at a solution to the problem of cars returning after dropping school children and suggested car pooling.
Kejriwal said the government has exempted vehicles carrying children in school uniform during the second phase of odd even which could pose difficulty and suggest car-pooling with neighbours to avoid problems.
"We gave it a lot of thought but no solution could be found. It will cause some problems but vehicles could be shared with neighbours," the Chief Minister said.
Kejriwal said the implementation of the odd even scheme in January did not reduce pollution "as much as expected" but it significantly helped reduce traffic congestion in the city.
The Delhi government, which has projected the second phase of the road-rationing policy as the "decisive" one, said that 2,000 traffic personnel, 580 enforcement officials and over 5,000 civil defence volunteers are being deployed for its smooth implementation.
Violators will be fined Rs 2,000 in accordance with relevant section of the Motor Vehicles Act and the scheme will not be implemented on Sundays.
Two hundred metro trains will make around 3,248 trips daily during the next fortnight, a rise of about 56 trips over the existing arrangements, DMRC has said. Fifteen additional feeder buses will also leave from stations across the city.
About 2,000 officials of Delhi Traffic Police will be deployed on roads daily. The traffic department has identified 200 intersections in the city where their personnel will be deployed in teams, with their sizes depending upon the volume of traffic in those intersections.