Judges in the city took to the “even” working day quite sportingly. While most of them carpooled, some took the Metro and two of them even rode a cycle to their workplace.
At close to 9 am, Gulabi Bagh residents Senior Additional Civil Judge Rajesh Malik and Metropolitan Magistrate Harjeet Singh Jaspal of the Rohini district court covered 8 kilometres in under an hour on their bicycles. SCJ Malik borrowed his from a colleague for the day, whereas MM Jaspal rode his own.
SCJ Malik had recently sold his diesel car for an LPG car, which officially exempted him from the exercise. “Although I am exempted, I wanted to join the fight against pollution. It is a collective responsibility to reduce vehicular pollution. The situation is so bad that our kids cannot play outdoors. I took the ride for them,” said SCJ Malik.
“It was a smooth ride. The only delay was when I was stopped by a litigant at Kanhaiya Nagar traffic light. He enquired as to why I was taking a cycle ride,” said SCJ Malik.
Judge in-charge mediation centre Manmohan Sharma of the Rohini court boarded the Metro from Patel Nagar West Delhi, changed three lines — Yellow, Green and Red — to his workplace. “Judges usually have to carry laptop and and files. That could be the only hurdle. Other wise, the Metro ride was smooth,” he said.
However, some judicial officers said that carpooling is not a new concept for them. In fact, the government allows for a staff car that picks and drops three judicial officers according to origin and destination.
On Monday, judicial officers who usually drove to work in their private vehicles also took these staff cars.
“Staff cars should be exempted from the odd-even rule. This will further encourage car pooling,” a judge of the Saket District court said.