It has been decided that women will continue to remain exempted from the scheme due to security considerations. Government has also decided that cars carrying school students will also be exempted—Transport Minister Gopal Rai
Cars driven by women and those carrying children in school uniform shall remain out of the ambit of the odd-even scheme, the second phase of which is set to start in New Delhi on April 15.
The decisions were taken in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal which was attended ministerial colleagues and members of the coordination committee formed for the scheme.
"It has been decided that women will continue to remain exempted from the scheme due to security considerations. Government has also decided that cars carrying school students will also be exempted," Transport Minister Gopal Rai told reporters.
"Cars carrying student(s) in school uniform shall be exempted during #oddeven starting 15th April," Deputy CM Manish Sisodia tweeted.
Asked about confusion that may arise over parents going to pick up children after school hours, Rai said, they were still working on the modalities and the final notification in this regard will be out in a day or two.
As announced earlier, CNG vehicles will also remain exempted from the vehichle-rationing restrictions arising out of the scheme's implementation. Cars with odd and even licenese plate numbers will ply on alternate days during its duration.
The exemption categories involving women and CNG cars were also in place during the first phase of odd-even from January 1 to 15.
The transport minister said that government has also decided to organise 'Picnic for Odd-Even' at India Gate on April 13 where school children will participate in number of activities relating to the scheme.
So far, DTC has registered 400 private contract carriage buses under 'Paryavaran Bus Seva', which are given a special permit by government to carry passengers during the odd-even scheme to accomodate rush of people.
"Conductors of Paryavaran Bus Seva have been directed to create awareness among commuters waiting for buses about this service so that most people can use it," he added.
He also said that a meeting of all MLAs and District Magistrates has been called to discuss the scheme on Thursday.
"On April 8, ex-servicemen, who have been hired by the enforcement wing of the transport department, will carry out a parade and on April 12, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will administrate oath to the city students at a school as he had done before the implementation of first phase of odd-even scheme," he further added.