Second phase of odd-even scheme begins in Delhi

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Traffic police men slap a challan to a commuter for riding with number plate ending with an even digit in New Delhi on Friday on the first day of the second phase of Delhi government’s odd-even road rationing scheme.  PTI Photo

New Delhi: Traffic police men slap a challan to a commuter for riding with number plate ending with an even digit in New Delhi on Friday on the first day of the second phase of Delhi government’s odd-even road rationing scheme. PTI Photo

The second phase of the odd-even car rationing scheme rolled out in Delhi from 8 am on Friday morning. The scheme will be on for the next 14 days, until April 15.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the people of Delhi to join hands and make the plan a success.

“Odd even starts today. Let’s all join hands and resolve to make it a success,” tweeted the CM on Friday morning.

Under the scheme only odd-number plated cars will be allowed to ply on odd dates and cars with even number plates will ply on even dates. The aim of the scheme is to ration vehicles and control the spiraling levels of pollution in the national capital.

However, based on the results of the first phase of the odd-even scheme, which was held between January 1 and January 15 earlier this year, it was noticed that the scheme did not bring down the pollution levels in the city drastically. But it did drastically bring down the nasty traffic snarls.

Few vehicles are expected to be on the roads in the three days because of a national holiday followed by the weekend. The real effect of the scheme will be felt on Monday morning even offices reopen after the long weekend.

Metro and DTC have increased their services in order to accommodate load of passengers during the scheme. 5,000 civil defence volunteers, 400 ex-servicemen and 2,000 traffic police personnel have also been deployed to implement the scheme.

2,000 officials of Delhi Traffic Police will be deployed on roads daily. The traffic department has identified 200 intersections in the city where their personnel will be deployed in teams, with their sizes depending upon the volume of traffic in those intersections.

The government has formed 120 teams of the enforcement wing of transport department which will prosecute those violating the odd-even rule with imposition of a fine of Rs 2,000 on errant car drivers.

On Friday, more than 500 people were fined for violating the rule in the first five hours.

Kejriwal has also stated that his government is seriously considering to enforce the measure for a period of fifteen days every month. Sources say a final decision will be taken after analysing the impact of the second phase.

The only change in the blueprint of the policy’s implementation from its first phase is the exemption given to cars carrying children in school uniform. Other exceptions include women drivers , VIPs, CNG vehicles and emergency situations.

(PTI)