The first Monday of the odd-even road rationing scheme was marked by long queues at the CNG station near the CGO complex, where government-approved CNG stickers are being provided to CNG vehicle owners.
The line of cars extended till about a kilometre outside the station.
People waited patiently for their turn as guards at the CNG station stepped outside to regulate traffic on Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Marg.
Transport Minister Gopal Rai said, “Most of the stickers for CNG cars in Delhi were issued during the last phase of odd-even. For the few cars registered in the intervening period, and for those whose stickers might have torn or worn out, one centre is enough. We authorised only one centre to curb chances of corruption at the lower levels. Last time, despite so many measures, corruption crept into the distribution line.”
On the long queues at the CGO complex CNG station, Rai said, “It is a one-time measure. People will have to deal with the long queues.”
Anil Sharma, a government official, spent 20 minutes in queue awaiting his turn to procure a sticker for his car. He said he did anticipate the rush but not quite as much.
“Last time, I did not have a CNG car. I used my petrol vehicle and carpooled on other days. Since then, I have bought a new car and, therefore, I decided to get a sticker today,” said Sharma.
A few metres ahead, Rachna and her husband said the government should have allowed stickers to be distributed at more places, keeping the weather in mind.
“It is really very hot to sit in a car for an hour, but since there is no other alternative, we have to bear it,” she said.