New Delhi: The AAP government last Friday decided that private vehicles with odd and even registration numbers will be allowed on the roads of the national capital only on alternate days starting January 1, 2016.
ABP News and Nielsen have conducted a survey on whether people from Delhi have taken the new odd-even car formula in their stride or not.
57% of the total respondents have agreed to the new scheme of allowing private cars with odd and even number to run on alternate days of the week while 42% are not in favour of it. The opinions on this split but a higher proportion of the respondents seem to be in favour the proposed policy.
64% (2/3rd) are of the opinion that with the new rule being implemented, travelling would become a big problem. 35% do not feel so.
Traffic jams (32%) seem to be the reason behind air pollution in Delhi followed by vehicles on Delhi roads. It resonates with more people agreeing to the proposed policy as it would help reduce traffic on the roads. 22% feel vehicles on road are the reason while 17% blame factories operating in the region.
Almost two thirds (65%) of the respondents said they are willing to sacrifice convenience if the proposed policy indeed helps in reducing air pollution in Delhi.
The survey has found that almost a fourth of the respondents do not own a car or a bike. 42% have a bike.
11% of those who own a car or a bike use the Metro on a daily basis. These are more likely to be students as this percentage is 19% among 18-23 year olds.
The poll has found that those who own a car or a bike seem to use cab/taxi few times a month or less often. Almost half of the respondents said they never use cab/taxi.
Compared to cab/taxi, auto seems to be used more often, speciAally by women. Slightly more than a quarter of the respondents said they never use auto.
After Metro, bus seems to be the most often used public transport by people who own car or bike. These could be a mix of DTC and chartered buses as the usage % is there among 23+ years old.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleague will come under the ambit of odd- even scheme of plying of vehicles in the national capital.
Delhi Government is studying three existing Acts under which it can impose a "heavy fine" for violating the scheme. The government is studying three existing Acts - Environment Protection Act, the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act and Motor Vehicles Act - under which government can impose a penalty on the violators.