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Odd-even scheme may not be back soon, says Delhi government
The odd-even scheme for private vehicles which remained implemented from January 1 to 15 in Delhi, may not be back soon as the Delhi government is mulling over all possible options for tweaking the scheme further before it is introduced back again.

As per sources, bringing two-wheelers under the ambit and making the rule compulsory only on weekends are few of the options which the Delhi government is looking at.

A senior government official from the department of transport said that it was too early to take the call on the possible modifications to the scheme before introducing it back again.

The official said, "We will hold a meeting of different departments on Monday to assess the situation. However, it may not be possible to bring back the scheme in the next two months, since February and March are crucial months -- schools have their annual exams too during this period -- the scheme is likely to inconvenience them."

Another official too expressed his doubts over odd-even being introduced back anytime soon. He said, "We will hold a meeting of different departments on Monday to assess the situation. However, it may not be possible to bring back the scheme in the next two months, since February and March are crucial months -- schools have their annual exams too during this period -- the scheme is likely to inconvenience them."

According to the sources of the Delhi government the odd-even plan will be back only after a reliable public transportation system is in place. The government plans to encourage more and more people to use cycles by creating cycle stands at metro stations. There is also a plan to procure 800 cluster buses. The government is also looking at curbing other sources of air pollution in the city like burning of garbage in the open and shutting down NTPC's Badarpur thermal power plant, which is pegged as one of the most polluting power plants in the country.

Meanwhile, contradicting Delhi government's claims that air pollution has reduced by at least 20-25 per cent in the capital; data released by the Central Pollution Board showed that air pollution in some of the most polluted areas of Delhi has remained the same without any significant improvement in the air quality index. 

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