New Delhi: At least 78% of respondents to a survey conducted by online petition platform Change.org want the Delhi government to reintroduce the odd-even road rationing scheme, according to the survey findings released on Wednesday.

The survey’s results will come as a boost for the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government, which is preparing to launch an improved version of the plan aimed at curbing vehicular pollution and easing road congestion.

Of the 13,500 Delhiites who participated in the survey, 10,514 (78%) were in favour of the scheme while 2,940 voted against it.

Of those who want it back, around 53 % want the scheme to be implemented permanently while 51% people want it to return from 14 February itself.

The survey was conducted by www.change.org, an online platform where people can start or join campaigns, between 28 January and 9 February. The findings have been submitted to the Delhi government.

The survey also said that 92% people of those who supported odd-even scheme, which was implemented from 1 January to 15 January, said that they will not buy a second car if the scheme returns.

“Delhiites have shown an active interest in expressing their opinion on odd-even by starting or signing Change.org petitions for and against the scheme since January. The current findings show that Delhiites not just want odd-even scheme back, but a significant number of them want it back permanently," said Preethi Herman, head of Change.org India.

According to a report by the Press Trust of India, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal could announce the dates for next phase of the scheme on Thursday. Under the scheme, private non-commercial vehicles are allowed out on the capital’s streets on alternate days—odd days if the number plate ends with an odd number, and even days if it ends with an even number.

Delhi’s transport minister Gopal Rai said that the government will make an announcement after reviewing over 1.1 million responses from the public. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has suggested that the licence plate policy will be back “once again." Speculation is that the next phase could start in April, after the secondary school examinations.

“Around 28,300 suggestions have been received through online forms while another 9,000 and 1,82,808 have come through emails and missed called respectively. The government, on its part, has made more than 900,000 calls to gather public opinion," said a senior government official who does not want to be named.

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