The Delhi government on Sunday said that elaborate arrangements have been made to meet the “real challenge” as part of which volunteers will be using hidden cameras to take snaps of violators and additional police forces would be fielded to ensure its effective compliance.
Transport minister Gopal Rai on Sunday held a coordination committee meeting which was attended by senior officers from Traffic Police, Delhi Police, civil defence force, Metro officials and other agency heads engaged in implementation of the ambitious car-rationing scheme, which came into force on January 1.
The government’s move to ask the volunteers, comprising civil defence personnel, NCC and NSS cadets, to click pictures assumes significance as they were initially asked to focus on mindset change by resorting to polite tactics like handing out roses.
“As we saw that on the first day of this pilot project, people came out with odd-numbered vehicles and on the second day yesterday, even-numbered vehicles plied on the capital roads. This itself is an indication that the mindset of people for environment is changing and I salute all Delhiites for this 2 days’ success”, Gopal Rai said after the meeting here.
The government said that DTC would possibly ferry around 64 lakh commuters from Monday onwards, much more than the usual figures, while Metro is expected to carry 32 lakh commuters against the previous data of 26 lakh daily.
“Civil defence volunteers will be given mobile camera and hidden cameras to be used to track violators. Very strong monitoring would be resorted to and no soft approach would be taken. Additional 100 teams of traffic police will be fielded on roads to monitor,” Rai said.
Rai also mentioned that “a few people” want to ensure the failure of this scheme.
“Today one person has written on my twitter account that tomorrow some miscreants are being sent from Meerut, Haryana and UP to create chaos in Delhi’s roads. I don’t know how much truth lies there now but I have received such message for the first time only. So this shows that how some nervous people can stoop to such levels because of our success”, Rai said.
“There has been no vote bank politics behind the plan, neither it was meant to just popularise another slogan for pollution-free Delhi. It was a carefully chalked out plan with real-time implementation which has been appreciated by people across the party lines and sections of the society,” Kejriwal said.
“There were two ways to do it. We could have announced the rule and impounded every vehicle violating it, which of course was not a practical solution. We had to make the public aware and take them along so that people follow it voluntary,” he said.
The odd-even vehicular restriction policy of the Delhi government came into effect on January 1 with thousands of volunteers taking to the streets to assist traffic police in enforcing the pilot plan that will stay in force till January 15.
25 categories have received exemption from the restrictions, including emergency service vehicles, taxis and cars being driven by women, which may have only female co-passengers and children up to age of 12.
Two wheelers and CNG-run vehicles have also been exempted.
Under the scheme, private cars bearing odd registration plates are allowed to ply on odd dates while those with even numbers shall do so on even dates. Those caught violating the scheme have to pay a penalty of Rs 2,000.
On the first two days of the odd-even scheme trial, 479 people were challaned for violation of the norms but experts have said that the real litmus test for the road-rationing experiment will be from Monday.