Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia cycled to office on Saturday because his car bears an odd registration number.
Traffic police along with several volunteers were seen stopping violators across the city, especially at major arteries in central Delhi.
On Friday, the first day of the 15-day trial run, almost 200 private car owners were penalised by the city’s transport and traffic department for violating the formula. A fine of Rs 2000 was levied on them.
To compensate the additional pressure on the public transport system 3,000 more buses were deployed in the city. Delhi Metro too chipped in by running 70 extra trips. However, the real test on the public transport will be seen on Monday when people will go back to work after an extended year-end weekend.
The unprecedented restrictive measures in the form of the odd-even scheme rolled out on January 1 and will be on until January 15 on a trial basis. The Delhi government resorted to this drastic measure to fight the alarming levels of air pollution in the city.
According to the new rule private cars bearing an odd-numbered registration plate will run on odd dates and the similarly, cars with even-numbered plates will run on even dates. This, the government says, will reduce the number of private cars in the city by half. The rule is applicable to private cars from 8 am to 8 pm from Monday to Saturday. However, a number of people can exempt themselves from following the rule. Single women drivers, VIPs, emergency vehicles all fall under the exemptions category.
On Friday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed that he was “overwhelmed” by the response of the people of Delhi. He said that the radical initiative of the AAP government received widespread acceptance from the people of Delhi and that the capital will “show the way” to the rest of the country.
On Friday the pollution levels in the city reportedly dipped by around 10 per cent on an average between 8 AM to 2 PM as compared to the previous two days. And it was “possibly” because of the odd-even restrictions, SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research) scientists said.
(With inputs from PTI)