The city woke up to a chaotic Tuesday morning, the start of the fifth day of the Delhi government’s odd-even experiment, with traffic snarls being reported from various parts of the city.
Most commuters complained that the volume of traffic on both Monday and Tuesday was similar to that on regular days, despite the stipulation that odd and even-numbered vehicles ply on alternate days of the week.
Traffic police personnel checking for odd-even violations created a major jam on NH-8, outside Ambience Mall in Gurgaon. “I took my bike today because of the restriction, but got stuck in traffic anyway,” said a media professional.
Similar scenes were spotted on Ring Road, outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel in RK Puram and Vikas Marg.
The second round of the odd-even scheme was launched on April 15 to bring down air pollution levels, which have increased alarmingly in recent times.
Traffic police said only the carriageway of the Ring Road remained open to traffic due to renovation work being undertaken by the Delhi Jal Board, resulting in hardships to commuters. A similar project also held up traffic at Shahdara in north-east Delhi.
Commuters passing through Defence Colony and Andrews Ganj in South Delhi suffered delays due to dismantling work being undertaken on the bus rapid transit corridor. The traffic police also issued an advisory pertaining to PWD work being undertaken on the Nehru Place flyover.
A traffic officer, however, said that the situation will get better as the day advances. “Yesterday, there were many who were returning to the city after a long weekend. We stopped at the borders, leading to traffic jams. Also, as many as 15 DTC buses broke down in the middle of the road then — which is unusual. Today, our men are posted across the city to ensure that commuters do not face any problems,” said a traffic officer.