India watches Delhi's odd and even plan

Today is the real test of the scheme to reduce pollution in the national capital

GN Bureau | January 4, 2016



Around 200 traffic challans were issued before noon as Delhi’s road space rationing scheme faced a big test on Monday, the first full working day after an extended weekend since the implementation of the odd-even campaign on January 1.

Many cities that face a pollution problem are keenly watching Delhi to see how the national capital’s newly introduced odd-even vehicle scheme fares in the coming days.

As per estimates, about one million private cars are expected to go off the road if the scheme, with the exemptions, tastes success on a regular day.

While Delhi tourism minister Kapil Mishra took a bus to the Delhi Secratariat, with the national capital allowing only cars with even-numbered licence plates on the streets, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal car-pooled with Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai and home minister Satyendra Jain to the Delhi Secretariat in Rai’s Tata Nano.

Rai said the city's bus fleet, which has a capacity of 48 lakh passengers, would be equipped and reinforced to deal with a passenger load of 64 lakh on Monday.

The transport minister also promised more space in the overcrowded Delhi Metro, and called upon commuters to promptly report non-compliant auto-rickshaw drivers and use the Pooch-O app and the car pool app to access available travel options in their vicinity.
A total of 300 police teams comprising 200 traffic and 100 local cops will be deployed on the road. Since January 1, a total of 567 challans have been issued.

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