Odd-even phase II Delhi

Government to hire 5,500 private buses for odd-even 2.0

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the scheme will end on April 30. Fiel photo: Sushil Kumar Verma  

The Delhi government will hire 5,500 private buses for phase two of the odd-even scheme, which will start from April 15, Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said on Thursday.

Mr. Rai said the government has decided not to use school buses this time to strengthen public transport.

“We are already in talks with private bus owners,” he added.

Addressing the media, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the scheme will end on April 30.

“Board exams get over on April 12 and the scheme will come into force after that. VIPs, women and two-wheelers will continue to be kept out of the ambit of the scheme,” he said, adding that 500 retired defence personnel will be hired to enforce the scheme.

In January, government employees across categories, especially Sub-Divisional Magistrates, were roped in to enforce the experiment, which, Mr. Kejriwal accepted, adversely affected work in their respective Departments.

According to figures related to a survey of Delhiites, around 92 per cent said they will not buy a second car if the odd-even scheme was brought back. Only 7.91 per cent said they will buy another car in case of phase two, much to the relief of the Transport Department, which had feared a mad rush to purchase new vehicles in order to procure exemption.

On the sidelines of his announcement, Mr. Kejriwal said the government was contemplating constructing elevated bus rapid transit (BRT) corridors to de-congest the Capital’s roads.

Adding that the government was in the process of procuring 3,000 new buses, including 1,000 luxury buses, which will be fielded by December, he said the two-floor elevated BRT corridors will be constructed to augment transport infrastructure. “The government is also planning to construct two-tier elevated roads, one for the BRT corridor and other for the expressway.”

A senior government official said buses will be allowed on the BRT corridor, while cars and others vehicles will ply on the expressway.

Mr. Kejriwal said the government was “deliberating” on the idea of enforcing the scheme every month for a fortnight while admitting that the city’s public transport was not capable of handling the resultant passenger rush.

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