The Delhi government Sunday released data showing that fewer people have been challaned this time when compared to the first phase of the odd-even scheme. Citing this, the government claimed the rate of compliance is higher this time than in round one.
A total of 5,814 challans were issued in the first nine days of the second phase of the scheme, whereas 6,768 challans had been issued during the corresponding period in the first phase.
A senior official said, “When the rate of compliance is high, fewer challans are issued.”
Unlike last time, sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) are not prosecuting violators. “They have been kept off the roads because they have to coordinate with the other teams,” added the official. Since April 15, the SDMs have not issued a single challan, as per government data.
In January, when odd-even was first introduced in Delhi, the enforcement wing and traffic police issued 736 challans and 2,462 challans, respectively.
On the first day of round one, 215 challans were issued. On the first day of this phase, 1,311 challans were issued.
Both the enforcement wing of the transport department, which had been assigned prosecution work in the first phase, and Delhi Traffic Police have been empowered to challan errant drivers, along with ex-servicemen. The ex-servicemen have been roped in to lessen the workload of the SDMs.
The AAP government has come under criticism from opposition parties for the “failure” of the odd-even scheme as traffic congestion continues.
To reduce traffic snarls, the government has directed agencies such as the PWD, DMRC and DJB to carry out work at night. It has also constituted a six-member committee to look into traffic congestion during round two of the scheme.