500 violators have been caught in the first five hours as odd-even rule resumeed in Delhi.
Delhi government had announced a penalty of Rs 2,000 for the violators.
South Delhi recorded the most violators, around 100 in numbers. According to Delhi Traffic Police, 511 challans were issued till 1 pm and the highest number of offenders were from South and West Delhi. Central range recorded 97 violations, East range 57, Northern range 42, Outer range 78, Southern range 129 and Western range 108.
Meanwhile, Delhi’s transport minister Gopal Rai described the response from public ‘positive.’
Speaking to reporters, Rai said, “I have reports from all over Delhi that people are following the scheme. The final picture will emerge after we receive reports from different departments.”
The much awaited second phase of car-rationing scheme to ease air pollution kicked in on Friday morning.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called on the people to ensure that the formula was a big success.
“Odd even starts today. Let’s all join hands and resolve to make it a success,” Kejriwal Tweeted.
Odd even starts today. Lets all join hands and resolve to make it a success.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 15, 2016
Trinamool Congress spokesperson Derek O’ Brien too wished Kejriwal luck for the successful introduction of the scheme.
His tweet, which was shared by Kejriwal, read, “Rise & Shine #Delhi. Good luck @ArvindKejriwal & team for Chapter Two #oddeven Do what it takes.”
— Derek O'Brien (@quizderek) April 15, 2016
ANI reported that Delhi Metro and Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) had announced extra trains and buses to cope up with the rise in commuters opting for public transport.
Kejriwal, earlier this week, said that the public transport needed to be strengthened before implementing the scheme on a regular basis.
Under the scheme the cars whose registration ends with even number would be allowed on Delhi roads on even days and odd registration on odd days.
The first phase of the scheme was a huge success as commuters talked about the congestion free roads in Delhi.
Within hours of the scheme coming to force, many people were seen praising the initiative on social media platforms.
One Delhi resident told ANI, “I think its a wonderful initiative,one of its kind tried out in country: Delhi resident on #OddEven scheme in Delhi.”
One auto driver told Firstpost that that he had been out since morning and roads were relatively free.
“However, the real impact can be felt on Monday as most offices are closed on Friday,” Jai Narayan said.
The website reported that the stretch on the Mayur Vihar to Noida Mod, where the PWD is carrying out a construction, wasusually congested. But today, it was not crowded at all.
The scheme will be in operation from 8 in the morning to 8 in the evening, however, the scheme will not apply on Sundays.
The VIPs, women drivers, CNG-certified vehicles, two-wheelers and those carrying the differently-abled are exempted from the scheme.
However, the exemption will not apply to Delhi Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues as they have decided to abide by the rule.
Those found violating the scheme will be penalised with a fine of Rs. 2,000.
About 5000 civil defence volunteers will be at various traffic intersections carrying placards explaining the rules to motorists.