New Delhi: While Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal may be encouraging carpooling as the odd-even restriction on car movement is set to start from January 1, but Delhiites are reluctant to go for it, saying that strangers cannot be trusted.

Kejriwal had suggested that people should opt for carpooling to avoid inconvenience. However, many people are considering public transport as an option but not carpooling.

"I do not prefer to sit in a car in which strangers are sitting. Crime has been reported in such cases where people carpool," said Samiksha, a research scholar at JNU.

Doctors say carpooling is not viable for them because of professional demands.

Sanjiv Bhoi, additional medical superintendent, AIIMS Trauma Centre, questioned why doctors were not exempted from the scheme, adding that carpooling will not work for him.

"It will be extremely difficult for doctors to abide by the odd-even rule. Even if it is just 15 days, we doctors cannot
be totally dependent on carpooling or public transport," Bhoi said.

He added, "Those who are working in government offices can carpool since they have similar office timings but such is not our case.

What if we get an emergency call and have to rush to some other location in the day? If they (the Delhi government) have exempted emergency vehicles such as ambulance, then they should have thought of doctors as well."