Odd-even cannot be made a permanent feature, says Delhi CM Kejriwal
The odd-even traffic scheme is set to start again 'for a short period', Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday, adding it can't be a permanent feature.
New Delhi: The odd-even traffic scheme is set to start again "for a short period", Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday, adding it can't be a permanent feature.
"We will start it again for a short period," Kejriwal told a group of journalists at his residence.
"This will be done in phases. We can't do it on a permanent basis," he said.
Kejriwal said that the decision has been taken following the feedback on the 1-15 January odd-even scheme when only cars with odd registration numbers were allowed to ply on odd dates and those with even registration numbers on even dates.
Kejriwal, however, added that two-wheelers will remain outside the ambit of the odd-even scheme because of problems related to public infrastructure.
He said Delhi had 30 lakh two-wheelers and if these many two-wheeler riders were to take to buses and Delhi Metro, it would lead to chaos.
"So, we can't include two-wheelers in the odd-even scheme."
A formal announcement regarding the odd-even scheme will be made later this evening.
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