New Delhi: The rolling out of AAP government's ambitious odd-even scheme today kept Delhi Police
officials on their toes as thousands of traffic personnel were strategically deployed across the National Capital to ensure that the road-rationing restrictions were not violated.
"More than 3,000 traffic police officials were deployed across the city following a well-drafted strategy and they
have been specially briefed about the scheme," said a senior traffic police official.
The prosecution figures exceeded 100 in a few hours of the scheme being put into effect, sharp at 8 AM today, the
Thousands of Civil Defense volunteers were seen assisting police teams at several major stretches and intersections in the city, including the ITO junction which witnessed the first prosecution under the first-of-its-kind initiative.
"The offender, who was driving a car with its registration number ending with 2 (even), was prosecuted at
the ITO intersection around 8.33 am, following which he was slapped with the stipulated Rs 2,000 fine," a traffic official said.
Persons stopped by police teams include a BJP lawmaker who was caught travelling in his SUV near India Gate.
Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi today once again appealed to people to cooperate with his force throughout the
15-day period during which the initiative will be in force.
"I appeal to people to cooperate with Delhi Traffic Police for 15 days," said Bassi, assuring that adequate
personnel have been deployed for implementation of the scheme throughout the city.
"Today's focus will largely be on educating people about the scheme. However, prosecution for violating the same shall be in place," he added.
Civil Defense volunteers were seen handing over flowers and leaflets to offenders, making them aware of the various
aspects and significance of the ambitious scheme.
Bassi had earlier clarified that no volunteer shall work independently and no vigilantism will be permitted.
The Delhi Police had suggested the AAP government to allow women not having a driving licence or not knowing how to
drive to travel with a male driver, but the proposal was shot down, Bassi said.
Women, who are not travelling with a male above 12 years of age, pertain to one of the several exempted categories.
"We thought in the interest of women safety that another exception could be made in favour of women travelling alone with a driver.
"This suggestion has not been accepted by the government. So now, If any woman travels with a (male) driver, in
violation of the scheme, such a driver shall be liable for prosecution," Bassi told PTI.
The fortnight-long odd-even scheme kicked in today and the Delhi government expects it to bring down air pollution
The Delhi government has decided to restrict plying of private cars bearing odd and even registration numbers to
alternate days from 1 to 15 January as part of the first phase of the scheme.
Private cars having odd registration numbers will be allowed to ply on odd dates and those with even numbers on
Those caught violating the scheme will have to pay a penalty of Rs 2,000.
"Today is the day of odd numbered cars and the even ones plying on the road are being prosecuted keeping in mind a
number of exemptions briefed to us," said a traffic official on field.