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Odd Even scheme ends today

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Delhi government’s odd-even scheme, which restricts private vehicles on alternate days, officially ends today as it completes the 15 day trial period.

The Delhi government, on Thursday, said that, the decision for the second phase of the experimental scheme was likely to be taken in the review meeting to be chaired by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Monday.

The AAP government called the car rationing scheme a success. The Kejriwal government has decided to covenduct a thanksgiving event on the coming Sunday, to celebrate the success of the initiative.

The Delhi high court said that the odd even scheme was a success to some extent. A bench made the  observation in response to the submission of Delhi Traffic Police that the initiative was successful mainly due to the 2000 rupee fine payable for the violation of the rule and added that the Delhi government was successful in appealing the concept to the public.

The scheme implemented from 1 January, took more than one third of the city’s three million cars off the road and eased the traffic. The Supreme court, on Thursday, refused to hear a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging the scheme. Terming the plea as a ‘public stunt’, the court said “The government is taking some step to control the pollution. People are dying due to pollution and you are challenging it for publicity”.

Official records show that till January 12, the traffic police had fined 2,685 drivers for violating the rule, of which 863 drivers belonged to South Delhi and West Delhi stood second, with 663 violators.

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