Odd-even scheme: Delhi govt claims to have cleared first real test, tackles rush of passengers

Odd-even scheme in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 4: The Delhi government claimed to have passed the real test for odd-even scheme by tackling the rush of passengers on Monday which was the first working day, since the launch of the plan from January 1.

Interacting with mediapersons, Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said, “Overwhelming response was seen among the public, who adhered to the provisions of the scheme.”

Though over 7,000 buses plied on the city roads and Delhi Metro undertook extra trips, the minister said, the response of car-pooling was also encouraging.

Claiming that very few violations have been reported, and most of them were from outside, Rai said over 5,00 cars were challaned for violating the odd-even formula.

Rai also asked the management of 283 private schools to tell the reason behind not sending their buses required by the city government for the scheme after commitment. On pollution level, he said, “The implementation of the scheme shows decreasing trend in pollution level within Delhi.”

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Managing Director said Metro is functioning smoothly like normal days, no panic was seen at any station.

Meanwhile, Delhi traffic police on Monday booked as many as 475 violators till afternoon. The figure is more than the cumulative total of January 1 and 2, the first two days of the enforcement of the car rationing measure.

“So far 475 motorists were caught for violating Odd-Even policy. Figure is more than the cumulative total of 455 of two days,” Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander said.

Crowded buses and metros marked the first few hours of the implementation of the ‘odd-even’ scheme today, while roads had cars with largely even-number registration plates and an augmented number of traffic policemen and volunteers.

The Delhi government, in its willingness to clamp down on violators, had on Sunday asked the volunteers, comprising Civil Defence, NCC and NSS cadets, to take snaps of errant motorists and installed hidden cameras at various locations.

An additional 100 teams of traffic police have been deployed to ensure the enforcement of the scheme that will stay in force till January 15. The scheme is applicable from 8 AM to 8 PM on all days, except Sunday.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah gave a ‘thumbs up’ to the odd-even scheme for movement of vehicles in Delhi saying it seems to be working “quite well”.

(With Agency Inputs)

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