Roads were deserted and vehicular movement remained minimal as the city celebrated Mahavir Jayanti on the sixth day of the odd-even road rationing scheme on Wednesday.
The two Delhi-Gurgaon borders — on Delhi-Gurgaon expressway and at MG Road — remained snarl free.
Unlike the earlier two days, roads were not clogged with cars and the police were able to swiftly halt and fine people driving odd number cars. Around 10 challans were issued by the police at the two locations, while another 15 were asked to return to Gurgaon without being fined.
“`2,000 is a big amount to pay as fine for anyone, which is why, the police is allowing people to take a U-turn and not cross the Delhi borders. If the person does not agree, we fine them,” said a police official near Mahipalpur flyover.
When the police team left the two check points after peak hours, teams of civil defence volunteers kept a strong surveillance at the two borders. Though the volunteers were not issuing challans, they made sure that odd-numbered cars turned back. The drivers were handed a red rose as well.
“We do not have the power or authority to issue challans to the defaulters but volunteers halt the vehicles. They ask the drivers to take a U-turn. Everyone needs to make efforts for the odd-even scheme to be a success,” said Raman, a civil defence volunteer at MG Road.
Mona, another volunteer, said, “Daily commuters too are helping the police to nab defaulters. Commuters warn the nearest check post of a defaulter car approaching.”
Public transport, especially the Delhi metro, was also less crowded after two days of high traffic. People, travelling on Tuesday, said that the journey was fairly comfortable during the morning peak hours.
“The metro rush was less because of the public holiday. Getting into the metro compartment was a task in itself on the other two days,” said Yohima Batwa from Delhi.