Delhi govt adds teeth to odd-even policy, staff strength upped 5 times

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 15, 2016 01:49 IST
New Delhi, India- Jan 01, 2016 : Delhi Traffic Police charge challan to even numbers cars which were running roads today after the implementation of Odd -Even campaign at Dhaula Kuan in New Delhi on Friday, India January 01, 2016. ( Photo by S Burrmaula / Hindustan Times )

The stage is set and the teams ready. For the second round of the odd-even plan, the traffic police, civil defence volunteers, ex-servicemen and transport department teams will punish those who violate the restriction.

To improve law enforcement, the transport department has upped its strength by at least five times. The number of personnel and vehicles have been increased.

“We were short of staff in the first round of the restriction, but this time we are prepared. We have called for tenders for 120 enforcement vehicles which will be stationed around the city, including the entry points, from Friday,” said a senior transport department official.

Along with these vehicles, mobile teams have been formed to challan offenders.

In the first round of the road rationing scheme, between January 1 and 15, the department worked with only 22 teams.

CNG station staff member putting CNG sticker after verifications on the cars ahead of second phase of odd-even rule. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

This time, over 400 ex-servicemen will also be present with the enforcement team. Around 1,000 civil defence volunteers have also been added to the team. Earlier, there were 4,000 volunteers.

“Each enforcement vehicle will have six members -- one transport department official, three ex-servicemen, and two volunteers. The focus this time will be on enforcement rather than raising awareness,” the official said.

However, teams from the revenue department, headed by sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs), will no longer be issuing fines this time. They have been held back by the government because the routine administrative work was hit in the first phase. The revenue department had issued the most number of fines last time.

The Delhi Traffic Police will also deploy over 200 teams to fine anyone, who is found driving an odd-number registered car on an even numbered day and vice-versa. Officials said that over 800 officials would be checking violations at all the major intersections of the national capital.

“We are fully prepared for the odd-even rule. We have briefed our teams and will ensure maximum detection,” said Sharad Agarwal, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

The road rationing scheme was launched by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in January this year for 15 days. Touted as a success, the scheme was implemented to check air pollution.

However, contrary to Delhi government’s claims, studies conducted by several organisations showed that pollution hadn’t come down during the scheme. Although, congestion in busy intersections was drastically reduced in the period. In the first phase, over 9,000 challans were issued.

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