Residents of Delhi were on Monday pleasantly surprised to see the usual choke-points in the city mostly free of heavy traffic on the third day of the odd-even scheme implemented to check the record-high air pollution in the world’s most polluted capital.
While chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and home minister Satyendra Jain car-pooled with transport minister Gopal Rai in his Tata Nano to the Delhi Secretariat, tourism minister Kapil Mishra took a bus to office.
With restrictions on the numbers of cars on the streets for two weeks, 5,500 buses have been pressed into service to tackle the rush, while Metro is expected to carry 32 lakh commuters, against the previous data of 26 lakh daily.
Several commuters took to Twitter to share their experience of finding less traffic on roads and being able to reach their destinations in almost half the time it usually takes.
I hope #oddeven and other experiments are carried out in all cities. Pollution aside, less traffic will have a +ve impact on productivity.— Vijay Nair (@vijay_nair) January 2, 2016
Heartening to see the widespread support for #OddEven ! Roads from Rohini to Karol Bagh were empty. Reached in 20 minutes flat.— Mayank Jain (@Mayank1029) January 4, 2016
Andrews Gunj to Anandvihar in a bus, at the busy hour it took 27 minutes.. And no bus was not overcrowded.. #OddEven is working stupendously— Truth hurts (@unknown_indian) January 4, 2016
From Noida border to Connaught Place in 30 minutes, first time in years that I had a peak-hour ride without a traffic jam #OddEven— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) January 4, 2016
Don't know abt pollution, but the #DelhiOddEven formula is definitely solve traffic problem and going to save millions in form of fuel— vikas choudhary (@vikas_ch) January 4, 2016
Not much traffic on the road. #DelhiOddEven seems to be working for the road traffic at least!— Priyanka Khosla (@PriyankaKhosla8) January 4, 2016