A walk through the parking lots of Metro stations bordering Delhi, on the first day of the odd-even scheme’s second phase, revealed that vehicles with even-number plates outnumbered those with odd-number ones.
A parking attendant at Guru Dronacharya Metro station in Gurgaon said, “The rush today is lesser because it is a holiday for most people. But there are more even-numbered cars here than odd-numbered ones.”
“People who don’t usually park their cars here are doing so today, maybe because they have to follow the odd-even rules and take the Metro to Delhi,” he said.
At the Noida-Delhi border, despite the lack of volunteers and no police presence at several points, few cars with even-number plates tried to make their way inside. “We have been checking cars all day but we haven’t found anyone violating the rules yet. Either people are actually complying with the rule or there aren’t too many defaulters on the streets because it’s a holiday,” said a police officer.
Kiran S, senior superintendent of police, Gautam Budh Nagar, said, “The real impact of the scheme will be visible Monday.” Sharing similar views, SP, Traffic, Sanjay Yadav said, “On Monday, when all offices are open, we will be able to assess the impact of the scheme by the increase in Metro ridership, the number of cars in parking lots etc. There was some reduction in traffic but this could be because today was a holiday.”
In Ghaziabad, there was a considerable drop in the number of cars going to Delhi, said a senior police officer, adding, “About 40 per cent of the usual traffic was visible”.