New Delhi | Over 1,300 persons were penalised for violating the odd-even car rationing on the first day of its second phase’s implementation in the national capital today. While 884 motorists were punished by Delhi Traffic Police, challans to as many as 427 persons were issued by the enforcement unit of Delhi Transport department, taking the total figure to 1,311, senior officials said.
Under the fortnight-long scheme, private cars having odd registration numbers can ply only on odd dates and the even numbers on even dates, subjected to a set of exemptions. The rules under the scheme are applicable between 8 AM and 8 PM, except on Sundays. The highest number of challans was recorded in the southern part of the city, followed by west and central Delhi.
Around a hundred persons were challaned in the Lutyens’ zone, officials said. The first challan of the day was issued at ITO intersection in central Delhi at around 9 AM. The violator turned out to be a resident of Bijnor in Uttar Prdaesh, who was heading towards Uttarakhand. He claimed that he was unaware of the norms, a senior traffic official said.
The motorists challaned today were from states like Haryana, UP and Rajasthan. Meanwhile, Delhi Metro today recorded a ridership of 16.38 lakh, a DMRC official said. Delhi government has prepared a plan to implement odd-even scheme with deployment of 5,000 civil defence volunteers, 400 ex-servicemen and 2,000 traffic police personnel.
The government has formed 120 teams of the enforcement wing of transport department which will prosecute those violating the odd-even rule with imposition of a fine of Rs 2,000 on errant car drivers. 2,000 officials of Delhi Traffic Police will be deployed on roads daily. The traffic department has identified 200 intersections in the city where their personnel will be deployed in teams, with their sizes depending upon the volume of traffic in those intersections.
The only change in the blueprint of the policy’s implementation from its first phase is the exemption given to cars carrying children in school uniform apart from those being driven by women, VIPs except ministers in the AAP government and CNG vehicles with mandatory stickers. The government has conceded that it has not been able to find a solution to the problem of cars going to pick up children after school hours during the scheme.
Kejriwal has suggested car pooling to parents to avoid problems. Two hundred metro trains will make around 3,248 trips daily during the next fortnight, a rise of about 56 trips over the existing arrangements, DMRC has said. The city government has formed 120 teams comprising officials of the transport department to punish errant car drivers.
The traffic police has identified 200 intersections across the city where their personnel will be deployed in teams. Also, a 20-member Special Task Force has been set up to look into matters reported by the mobile teams.
Meanwhile, a section of auto and taxi union have threatened to go on a day-long strike on Monday against app-based cabs. The strike may cause hardship to commuters. Rajendra Soni, who is general secretary of both ‘Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh’ and ‘Delhi Pradesh Taxi Unions’, said auto and black-yellow taxis will not ply on the capital’s roads on Monday against the app-based cab services.
An official in the IMD department said air quality has been moderate over the last 20 days although it dipped today owing to pollutants-laden wind blowing from the north west direction. The real-time readings of SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research), Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) stations had PM 10 (coarser than PM 2.5) as the prominent pollutant.
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