Days before the second phase of the odd-even plans comes into effect, Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai launched an app called “Poocho Carpool” to give people more options for carpooling. The second phase of the odd-even traffic scheme will be implemented in the national capital from April 15 to 30.
Launching the app, Rai said it would help users find carpool options within a radius of 1-5 km.
“This app will help users a lot during the odd-even scheme. Fathers going to school to pick up their children in the afternoon can opt for carpooling with the help of this app,” he said.
Rai said the app would have a chat feature that will help users communicate with the car driver without even mentioning their numbers which would ensure safety to the women users.
Rai added that in an attempt to popularise the app, the government had approached target users like corporates, resident welfare associations and schools.
“PoochhO Carpool” has been developed by the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS). Android users can download it on the Google Play store.
Under the odd-even scheme, petrol and diesel driven vehicles with odd and even registration numbers will ply on alternate dates.
The ‘odd-even’ policy, which was first implemented for 15 days starting January 1, was quite successful. The second phase is being introduced after the government carried out surveys and public consultations through mohalla sabhas to find out what Delhiites thought of the scheme. While releasing the results of the surveys, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said 81 per cent of respondents wanted the odd-even policy to return.
The scheme is not applicable to CNG vehicles, two-wheelers, women motorists, cars carrying school children in uniform and several kinds of VIPs. Violators will attract a penalty of Rs.2,000.
(With inputs from IANS)