Stating that "there is no sufficient public transport" and the"inconvenience" it was causing to the public, the Delhi High Court on Monday asked the state government whether the trial period for the Odd-Even scheme could be limited to a week instead of the earlier planned two-weeks, The Times of India reported.
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath also asked the government why it was ignoring the difficulties faced by daily commuters. The court further called the government's status report "vague" and directed it to submit details of air pollution levels in the city since the policy came to effect, the report states.
"The government has to think about it. There is no sufficient public transport. Is it really necessary to have it for 15 days? Aren't these six days enough for you? You will have to think about inconvenience caused to public at large.There is a practical difficulty," the report quoted the bench as saying.
"We have permitted the government to run this scheme for one week during which they must have collected data on pollution levels," it added.
Transport minister Gopal Rai however said that the government would stick to the two-week trial period for the scheme.
"One week is a very short time. We want to continue the scheme till January 15 so that we get sufficient data from the exercise, as well as sufficient experience. This experience will help us finalise the car policy for Delhi," he told TOI.