78% Delhiites don't mind another round of odd-even in February
Delhiites would not mind another round of ‘odd-even’ car-rationing scheme as a survey has suggested that 78 per cent of them are seeking the plan’s re-introduction in the city while around 53 per cent backing its implementation for good.
Interestingly, 92 per cent of those supporting its return said they will not buy a second car if the scheme returns. The findings have been published by Change.org, an online petition website, based on the responses of 13,500 residents of the national capital. Delhi government is set to announce the dates for the second phase of the plan tomorrow.
The survey was undertaken between January 28 and February 9. “Almost 13,500 Delhiites participated in the survey out of whom 10,514 were in favour of the scheme while 2,940 of them voted against it,” Preethi Herman, India head of the portal said.
The report has been sent to the Transport Department of the city government, another functionary of the portal said. The questionnaire to which the responses were received was in line with the framed by the government. “The current findings show that Delhiites not just want odd-even scheme back, but a significant number of them want it back permanently,” Herman said.
While, 10,514 (78 per cent) of the participants of the survey want the scheme to return, 5,551 (53 per cent) want it to be implemented permanently, she said. “5,407 (51 per cent) people want the scheme to return from February 14.”
The scheme, that was rolled out on January 1 for a period of fifteen days, is “all set” to make a comeback in Delhi, the dates to which will be announced by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tomorrow. Transport Minister Gopal Rai said that the government will make the announcement after reviewing over 11 lakh responses received from the public through multiple channels.