A man, who claimed to be the son of a Maharashtra MP, was on Monday caught by a senior police official on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway for violating the rules of the odd-even scheme by driving an odd-numbered BMW car.
Special commissioner (traffic) of Delhi Police Muktesh Chander went after the black luxury car and asked his men to take action against the driver for violating the rules.
Pravin Mane, the driver of the car, claimed that he was the son of a Maharashtra MP, and had mistakenly entered Delhi when he was stopped by the police. Vehicles of members of Parliament have been not exempted under the radical road rationing plan.
Police impounded the car of the self-styled VVIP as Mane was not carrying any document with him.
Chander said that rules would be implemented strictly and no one will be exempted from challans.
“Our men are present in strength and enforcement is strict. Till now we have challaned 170 violators across Delhi but people in general are following the rule,” he said.
With strict implementation of the odd-even formula and traffic rules, traffic was cut down on the ever-busy Gurgaon roads. Traffic was relatively less on the expressway and there were no peak hour jams witnessed on the roads.
Gurgaon Police officials said that the reduction in traffic was because of the odd-even rule, and it seemed to be working on the third day of the scheme implemented to check the toxic air of the national capital.
Udyog Vihar, which is closed to the Kapashera border, also witnessed fewer cars and majority of vehicles entering and exiting the city had even-numbered plates. On MG road, the rush was even less and Delhi Police inspector Vijay Kumar appreciated the spirit of the residents of Gurgaon who seemed to embrace the odd-even experiment.
“Ninety five percent of the vehicles are even numbered. We were expecting massive traffic jams but things have worked out well,” Kumar said.
The first challan at MG Road border was issued at 9.30am, and around 15 challans were issued till 11.45am. On the expressway, the number of challans was around 30 till 12pm, and the first challan was issued at 8.25am.
Metro services witnessed 10% spurt in traffic towards Gurgaon. Rajan Gupta, who works in the cyber hub and disembarked at Sikanderpur, said that there was more crowd on the trains as people preferred the Metro.
Shweta, who got off at HUDA City Centre station, said the administration should make better arrangement for transportations, and ensure better and more buses in the city.
Parking sites at Metro stations witnessed more pressure but the things were not stretched. Sanjay, a parking operator at Sikanderpur, said that parking had filled by 9.30am which does not happen normally.
Gurgaon Police, which had planned to deploy more officials across the city, remained invisible as usual.