Second phase of odd-even in Delhi, real test ahead
Delhi government’s second phase of odd-even traffic scheme which aims at reducing air pollution in the national capital has begun. “Odd even starts today. Lets all join hands and resolve to make it a success,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
As per the rule, cars with odd-number registration would be allowed to ply on Friday. Those not abiding the rule would be fined Rs.2,000.
The odd-even road rationing plan for four wheelers will continue till April 30 between 8.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. except on Sundays.
The second phase guidelines are similar to that of the first phase except that vehicles with students in uniform will be exempt if it is being driven by women.
The scheme is also not applicable to vehicles using compressed natural gas (CNG) as fuel, two-wheelers, women motorists and several categories of VIPs.
The government has also decided to shift its focus from awareness last time to strict enforcement. The transport department announced it will tighten enforcement for the second phase of odd-even. To this end, almost 2,500 personnel will be deployed at 200 points of the city, with ex-servicemen assigned the task of patrolling inner streets.
As the day began there was less traffic on the roads. The holiday on the account of Ram Navami also meant less traffic on the roads in the morning. The real test for the odd- even scheme begins from Monday, after the long weekend.
Transport Minister Gopal Rai said, “We will deploy 400 newly hired ex-servicemen besides the 180 transport department personnel already on enforcement duty. The ex-servicemen will be deployed in mobile teams with powers to book violators.”
The capital is divided into 11 zones with 10 sectors in each for the programme and three teams of enforcement personnel have been deployed in each sector. “The teams will keep changing positions every day within their sector, to mainatain vigil on inner roads and streets where violators are likely to drive to avoid main roads,” Rai said.
Nearly 2,000 traffic police personnel will be on duty, regulating traffic as well enforcing odd-even, said government officials. “Traffic police have mapped out 200 points in the city where they will be keeping a watch,” Rai added. (IANS with agencies )