Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s pilot project, the odd-even campaign comes to an end today. The project was launched for a trial period of 15 days and was primarily aimed at curbing rising pollution levels in the national capital.
The Delhi government’s odd-even scheme restricting movement of private vehicles on alternate days was described as a success. This scheme ends with a big question for government – Did the rationing of vehicles cause decrease in the pollution levels?
Answer to this question might not be positive as no quantifiable change was recorded in the pollution levels.
Delhi’s transport minister Gopal Rai said a decision on the second phase of the scheme will be taken after a review of the 15-day trial period and its impact.
“We have called a meeting on January 18 to review the impact of the odd-even scheme in the past 15 days. The meeting will be chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal,” he said.
“On the basis of results, it will be decided when to implement the second phase of the scheme in the national capital,” Mr Rai added.