NEW DELHI: A majority of the people in Delhi favour a permanent implementation of
the Delhi government's odd-even traffic scheme aimed at battling
pollution, a survey report said on Friday.
The survey of more
than 1,000 people from the Delhi-National Capital Region by the PHD
Chamber of Commerce and Industry sought to find out if the odd-even
formula was a hit or a failure.
"Majority of respondents want the
rule to be implemented on a permanent basis as this parameter has
scored 6.2 out of 10," PHD said in a statement.
highlighted that the car rationing scheme had got a satisfactory
response from the respondents, scoring 5.4 out of 10 points.
said that fewer vehicles on the roads had reduced the travel time of
commuters but not to the desired extent (score 5.7 out of 10).
Sanyal, secretary general of PHD Chamber, said: "Although some parts of
Delhi have seen reduction in traffic, yet some areas suffer from
traffic congestion. Some parts of Delhi need proper regulation of
traffic and better road networks."
The survey also highlighted
that most commuters will not buy an additional car even if the odd-even
rule is implemented permanently.
The public transport system scored a low 4.3 during the ongoing odd-even scheme that began on April 15 and ends on April 30.
majority of people reported that their overall travelling experience
during the odd-even phase II had been easier (score 5.8 out of 10).
the success of this rule, the public transport system needs to be
strengthened to ensure connectivity to far away areas and availability
of means of transport at every point," Sanyal said.
"The office hours should be made flexible so that traffic is distributed evenly," he added.
survey said that if the odd-even rule was implemented in letter and
spirit, it will certainly bring down pollution levels in the city.
drives should be actively carried out by the government in all parts of
the city to make (Delhi) greener and cleaner," Sanyal said.
said the odd-even scheme should include trucks as they do not adhere to
the emission norms. He urged people to switch to greener fuel options.
The first phase of the odd-even scheme was from January 1 to 15.