NEW DELHI: The second phase of Delhi's odd-even traffic scheme aimed at battling
pollution ended on Saturday evening with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
calling it a success even as there were concerns over environmental
impact of fires, including at two landfill sites.
second phase scheme, which started on April 15, saw fewer traffic
tickets compared to the first phase but also more traffic on Delhi
Unlike the first phase held between January 1 and 15 this
year, the second phase was held with schools open and in simmering
heat. It also coincided with the parliament session.
of the city reported congestion despite the scheme but there were
stretches across the city where traffic moved swiftly.
Kejriwal on Saturday congratulated the people of Delhi for the scheme's "success".
"Today is the last day of Odd Even-II. Congratulations Delhi for again making it a success," he said in a tweet.
a press conference in the afternoon, Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai
said the scheme passed muster despite challenges.
"It was a
difficult exercise this time but residents of Delhi voluntarily followed
it and made it a success despite many challenges," he said.
said a decision on the third phase of the scheme will be taken after
studying the impact of the previous two schemes. He announced the
setting up of a six-member committee to make a comparative study of the
two phases and said it will give the report on May 9.
have the experience of conducting odd-even traffic scheme during two
seasons, winter and summer, with schools and colleges open during one
phase. So the government will study both the models and only then a
decision would be taken for the third phase of the odd-even scheme," he
The government, he said, would also seek public opinion for the third phase of the car rationing scheme.
Rai said there was "better compliance" over the first phase.
"There were fines on 8,988 people till Friday. The scheme was followed by 99.9 percent people," he said.
At an event earlier in the day, Rai expressed concern over people not making optimum use of bus facilities.
the second phase of the odd-even scheme, we noticed many car users
didn't use public transport system more. So a premium bus service would
be started from June 1 as a pilot project."
Rai said that
according to an initial report of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee
(DPCC), pollution levels came down at 55-60 places in inner Delhi but
were comparatively high in the bordering areas.
He said DPCC will submit its final study report on the impact of the second phase of the scheme on May 6.
Chattopadhyay, project manager air pollution control at the Centre for
Science and Environment, said that direct emission of pollutants
(particulate matter and NO2) from cars has come down approximately by
20-30 percent because of fewer cars on the roads.
impact of odd-even scheme on pollution levels was not very much felt
because of fire incidents, specially at the landfill sites,"
Chattopadhyay told IANS.
There were fire incidents at the Bhalswa and Ghazipur landfill sites.
had also referred to fire incidents in the city so far during this
summer. "The number of incidents of fire in Delhi between April 15 and
27 this year was more than twice compared to last year," he said.
figures of bus and metro ridership during the second phase, the state
government said that while the average ridership of Delhi Transport
Corporation buses was 38.86 lakh, buses under the cluster scheme carried
10.11 lakh. The figure was 26.29 lakh for Delhi metro, which made 3,248
trips daily during the 15-day period as against the nearly 3,000
normally, officials said.