Odd Even Scheme very successful People responded with high level of Compliance, said Manish Sisodia
New Delhi (N4C Desk)-Delhi government thanked and congratulated the people of Delhi for the high level response to the third series of Odd Even scheme launched today, in its various efforts to curb pollution in the city.
Shri Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi said “Today I want to congratulate the people of Delhi, as they have taken a difficult but decisive step to curb pollution, while the entire North India was suffering from severe Air Pollution caused by stubble burning. The positive results show that if people want, everything is possible. The first day of the third series of the Odd Even scheme implemented in the city was very successful. I thank every citizen of Delhi for owning up this initiative and made high level of compliance” in Press Conference addressed along with Kailsh Gahlot, Transport Minister of Delhi held at the Delhi Secretariat.
“In the previous two occasions also, the people of Delhi made a powerful response to this effort to combat Air Pollution. Today again, people began to participate rigorously in this decisive fight against pollution. Their efforts prove that we together want to fight pollution and we can do it” the Deputy Chief Minister added.
“Today I went for an event 15-20 kilometers away. On my way to and fro, I was observing the compliance of people to the Odd Even Scheme. I could see only two vehicles with odd number plate, one parked near the metro station and another on the other side of the road probably driven by women. It means there is a high level of compliance” said Sisodia.
“Since it was the first day, directions were given to the officials to be little lenient, try to make people understand and persuade them to comply with. I interacted with many officials and traffic policemen and they testified that the response was very positive. As per the latest reports, only 192 challans were issued for violations so far. Traffic police issued 170 Challans, Transport and Enforcement departments 15 and SDMs on road 7.”Shri Sisodia detailed.
“Every day in Delhi, there are 30 Lakh vehicles – private cars on road and of which nearly half – 15 Lakh vehicles are on road today. 100 or 200 violations amongst 15 lakh vehicles in such a big city are not a big deal. We can say that people of Delhi responded to this initiative with 100% compliance. This is a big achievement” the Deputy Chief Minister said.
“Comparing to the previous days, Delhi’s Air quality improved significantly today. We know that there are many factors determining the increase and decrease in pollution. Undoubtedly, Odd Even scheme also is a factor for this improvement” the Deputy Chief Minister added.
“Yesterday, the air quality index was measured up to between 1200 and 1600 as per data from government and other sources. Though indices differed, average was 800. In the morning today, the PM 2.5 levels was 562; and in the afternoon at 02:00 pm it was 152. As per the latest reports it is 93. It is a major sign of controlling the pollution. I am not saying that it is only due to Odd-Even scheme as there are many factors, but undoubtedly this initiative also contributed immensely to curb pollution in Delhi. But more than the scheme, it is the contribution of the strong will of the people in Delhi. They proved that people’s determination can solve the manifold issues in the city. This shows the unity of the people of Delhi” said Shri Sisodia.
While addressing the media Deputy Chief Minister welcomed the move by the Supreme Court to take stringent measures in this regard and calling the Chief Secretaries of the respective states. Also he hoped that coordinated efforts by the nearby states shall yield better results in the efforts to curb pollution. He expressed that any initiative with public participation will definitely be successful and Odd Even scheme is a unique example for this.