Day one of the odd-even scheme was marked by “high-compliance” levels, with only 192 four-wheelers being issued challans for violations till evening, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Monday. Delhi Police later said that till 8 pm, 233 challans were issued.
At a press conference at the Delhi Secretariat, Sisodia said 170 challans were issued by traffic police personnel, 15 by officials of the enforcement wing of the Transport Department, and the rest by officials under the SDMs.
“I observed high levels of compliance while going to an event, barring two cars which may have had women drivers. We had, in any case, directed authorities to be lenient against violators on the first day. In a city where over 30 lakh vehicles ply daily, of which around 15 lakh were on the roads Monday, 192 challans is not a big thing,” he said.
Environment Minister Kailash Gahlot also spent some time at the ITO intersection, carrying a placard urging people to follow the rules. Around 5,000 civil defence volunteers were deployed to create awareness.
While leaving his residence for work, in a car he shared with PWD Minister Satyendar Jain, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the odd-even scheme was part of the Delhi government’s efforts to mitigate local sources of pollution as “we cannot do anything to prevent pollution caused by external factors”.
“I’m happy to announce that I’ve received reports from various locations in Delhi since 8 am, and there has been 100% obedience to the rules across the national capital,” the CM told reporters.
On deploying additional buses, Kejriwal said he will take a call on pressing more into service based on reports from various routes. Against the target of hiring 2,000 private buses, the government has roped in around 850 so far, which will operate alongside the 5,500-odd DTC and cluster buses till November 15.
“I want to appeal to the traffic unit to ensure personnel are deployed at every junction. They should help with proper implementation of the scheme. I will speak to the L-G in this regard if necessary,” Kejriwal said.
On the capital’s pollution crisis, he said: “How can Delhi alone fight the battle against pollution in entire North India? The Centre and governments of other states have to deliberate together on the issue. Only the Centre can find a solution to the real reasons of pollution, which is stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana. Why are they blaming Delhi alone?”