Crowded buses and metros marked the first few hours of the implementation of the ‘odd-even’ scheme on Monday, while roads had cars with largely even-number registration plates and an augmented number of traffic police men and volunteers.
Around 200 traffic challans were issued before noon as Delhi’s road space rationing scheme faced a big test on Monday, the first full working day after an extended weekend since the implementation of the odd-even campaign on January 1.
Meanwhile, Delhi police special commissioner Muktesh Chander told Hindustan Times that no exemptions will be made to violators of the rule. The commissioner had himself fined a VIP car for not following the odd-even rule on Monday.
Several commuters were seen sharing cabs and carpooling while some complained about surge pricing in carsharing apps like Uber and Ola due to the odd-even rule.
Even Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal car-pooled with Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai and home minister Satyendra Jain to the Delhi Secretariat in Rai’s Tata Nano.
The Delhi government on Sunday announced a series of measures to meet the “real challenge” of the enforcement of the car rationing scheme on a full-fledged working day as part of which additional number of buses have been fielded. Indicating its willingness to clamp down on violators, the government asked the volunteers, comprising Civil Defence, NCC and NSS cadets, to take snaps of errant motorists and installed hidden cameras at various locations.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who has an odd-numbered car, cycled to office. He had done the same on Saturday.
The government said that DTC would possibly ferry around 64 lakh commuters today, much more than the usual figures, while Metro is expected to carry 32 lakh commuters.
Additional 100 teams of traffic police have been deployed to ensure the enforcement of the scheme that will stay in force till January 15, on weekdays from 8 AM to 8 PM.
Besides, 66 teams of transport department which were working in two shifts of 33 teams each will be working from morning to evening and a special squad of 100 buses will give additional service in four zones with 25 buses each. Apart from this, 1,000 school buses of DTC have also been roped in, considering the natural escalation in number of commuters, Transport Minister Gopal Rai minister said. Rai yesterday informed that there have been 567 challans so far by all the concerned agencies and 348 autos have been booked for refusing to ply.