Delhiites sceptical about carpooling with strangers

Dec 31, 2015, 08:35 IST | Agencies

Say strangers cannot be trusted; citing possible emergencies, even doctors demand exemption

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."

Clarify exemptions: HC to AAP govt

As the Delhi government gears up to implement the odd-even numbered scheme on cars from January 1, the Delhi High Court yesterday sought clarification from the city government on the exemption to single women drivers and two-wheeler users. CM Arvind Kejriwal met volunteers, comprising personnel from civil defence, National Cadet Corps and National Service Scheme, at Chhatrasal stadium to make them aware about their specific role in the odd-even drive. A division bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Sunil Gaur asked the city government to clarify ‘why such exemption is necessary’. 

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