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Delhi government's odd-even car scheme comes to an end today

Delhi government's odd-even car scheme comes to an end today

The scheme that started on January 1 put a restriction on the movement of four wheelers on Delhi roads.

New Delhi: Delhiites can finally heave a sigh of relief as the Odd-Even car rationing scheme comes to an end on Friday.

The scheme that started on January 1 put a restriction on the movement of four wheelers on Delhi roads.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has declared the policy a success and is mulling a second phase of the scheme. A final decision on the second phase will be taken only after the government conducts an analysis of the impact of the scheme on pollution levels.

The Supreme Court also on Thursday lent support to the scheme refusing to hear a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging it.

Terming the plea as a publicity stunt, the apex court said that the 'odd-even' policy is being implemented for the citizens of Delhi and that everyone must cooperate with it.

"The government is taking some step to control the pollution. People are dying due to pollution and you are challenging it for publicity," the bench, also comprising justices AK Sikri and R Banumathi, said.

The CJI also said that even judges are doing car pooling and such type of petitions are meant to frustrate the effort, it said, adding that it may impose "heavy cost".

"You see, we are doing car pooling, but you are not helping," the court said.

The court, however, said that it will ask authorities like DMRC to augment public transport system to ensure that the public does not face difficulty.