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The Delhi Traffic Police have collected over Rs 38 lakh as fines for violations under the odd-even restrictions in the first five days of the 15-day campaign in the city.
The odd-even car rationing experiment was started on January 1 as one of the first measures to curb the high level of air pollution in Delhi.
Over the last five day, a total of 1,938 drivers were prosecuted and fined Rs 2,000 each for violating the rule by traffic police. Police believed that at the end of the trial period on January 15, the fines collected could cross the Rs 1 crore mark.
Senior officers said that the police would write to the government to ensure that the huge fine collected be put to use for ensuring road safety measures.
“A proposal to use some portion of the money collected from traffic fines for road safety is already pending. It was an old proposal which has not been cleared till date,” said a senior officer.
On Tuesday, the police fined 114 drivers, collecting a fine of Rs 2.6 lakh. The Delhi government’s transport department fined an additional 71 drivers, while the revenue department fined 557 people. Special commissioner of police (traffic) Muktesh Chander said that after Monday there was a very high level of compliance of the new rules.
Also, there were very few traffic jams reported from across the city. Apart from peak hour normal traffic, the control room received traffic complaints from Kalkaji, after a cluster bus broke down near the Modi Mill flyover. Another DTC bus broke down near Moolchand in the evening which caused a traffic jam on Ring Road.
“Our men are on duty but there are very few drivers violating the rule. It is good that people are following the rules. Also the fine of Rs 2,000 is not a small amount,” he said.
The highest fine collected was on Monday, when around 2,000 traffic police personnel were posted all across the city. It was the third day of the trial run and the first when all offices were open after the weekend. A total of 1,040 drivers were fined on January 4.