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Fewer cars on day 1 of odd-even phase II but real test on Monday: Highlights of the day

The odd-even experiment will once again play out in Delhi roads from Friday, taking cars whose registration numbers end with even numbers off roads

Sohini Chakravorty April 15, 2016 15:27:45 IST
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Fewer cars on day 1 of odd-even phase II but real test on Monday: Highlights of the day

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Apr 15, 2016 - 14:39 (IST)

Slow day for auto drivers

It was a slow day for the Delhi autorickshaw drivers at Rajiv Chowk in Connaught Place on Friday. Auto drivers wait outside Metro station hoping to get passengers. 

Apr 15, 2016 - 14:34 (IST)

Odd-even not a success: Sheila Dikshit

Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday said that the Delhi government's odd-even scheme is an attempt to fool people into believing that it is working. Dikshit told ANI that the scheme will not benefit the people of Delhi as there is no adequate public transport. 

Apr 15, 2016 - 14:25 (IST)

Traffic near AIIMS flyover

While most of the roads was less congested on Friday, motorists near the AIIMS flyover witnessed heavy traffic.  

Shishir Tripathi, Firstpost Reporter

Apr 15, 2016 - 14:19 (IST)

Smooth start

It was a smooth start to the odd-even phase 2. It got a good response on day one, with some people even saying that the scheme should be made permanent. 

Apr 15, 2016 - 14:02 (IST)

Traffic cop wants scheme to be permanent

An even number car was spotted and stopped by a traffic cop and challaned near Gate Number One Pragati Maidan. A traffic cop said, "We want the scheme to be made permanent. We only know what all we have to face while managing the traffic during office hours." He has challaned four people since morning. 

Firstpost's Shishir Tripathi

Apr 15, 2016 - 13:38 (IST)

Traffic cop wants scheme to be permanent

An even number car was spotted and stopped by a traffic cop and challaned near Gate Number One Pragati Maidan. A traffic cop said, "We want the scheme to be made permanent. We only know what all we have to face while managing the traffic during office hours." He has challaned four people since morning. 

Firstpost's Shishir Tripathi

Apr 15, 2016 - 13:18 (IST)

Less traffic on busy roads

Firstpost's Shishir Tripathi takes a ride through Akshardham to Pragati Maidan and is greeted by congestion-free roads. 

Apr 15, 2016 - 13:13 (IST)

Volunteers urge motorists to follow rules

Devendra Kumar, a Civil Defence volunteer, has been standing near Pragati Maidan since 6 am. He has stopped two violators and gave them roses and pamphlets and urged them to follow the odd-even rule.

Firstpost's Shishir Tripathi

Apr 15, 2016 - 13:02 (IST)

Many NCR residents give odd-even a thumbs up

A lot of NCR commuters are in favour of the road space rationing and want the odd-even scheme to become permanent, i.e. 15 days a month. "I travel every day from Gurugram to Delhi, I am very much in favour of the odd-even scheme. I save one hour of my travel. I wish if it can be done on a permanent basis," said Geeta Sharma, a resident of  Gurugram who travels to Hauz Khas for work.

Firstpost's Nitish Rampal at Gurgaon Toll 

Apr 15, 2016 - 12:45 (IST)

'It's difficult to get autorickshaws today'

Firstpost's Debobrat Ghose takes a Metro ride up to ITO - one of the busiest locations in Delhi. Despite a holiday, many families are either on an outing, visiting temples or their relatives. A member of the Joshi family told Firstpost: "We boarded the Metro from Kailash Colony as we are going to Dwarka to meet my parents and elder brother's family. We had a very bad experience with autorickshaws today. Despite putting 'On Duty' board, 15 autorickshaw drivers refused to take us. It is so disturbing. Moreover, they are acting pricey. Everyday, I pay Rs 30 from my residence to the Metro station. But today, they asked for Rs 50 to 60. Odd-even drive is good, but the Delhi government must ensure proper functioning of autos. Refusal has increased and due to this common man is suffering. Public transportation has to improve."

The odd-even experiment, aimed at curbing air pollution, will once again play out in Delhi roads from Friday, taking cars whose registration numbers end with even numbers off roads on the first day of its fortnight long implementation. However, not much rush is expected, Friday being a public holiday on account of Ramnavami.

Fewer cars on day 1 of oddeven phase II but real test on Monday Highlights of the day

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One of the new exemptions in the second phase of the odd-even scheme is that vehicles ferrying children in school uniform will be exempted from the odd-even rule but there are concerns about what will happen when the car is on its way back after dropping the child.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the government has not been able to arrive at a solution to the problem of cars returning after dropping school children and suggested car pooling.

Kejriwal said the government has exempted vehicles carrying children in school uniform during the second phase of odd even which could pose difficulty and suggest car-pooling with neighbours to avoid problems.

"We gave it a lot of thought but no solution could be found. It will cause some problems but vehicles could be shared with neighbours," the Chief Minister said.

Kejriwal said the implementation of the odd even scheme in January did not reduce pollution "as much as expected" but it significantly helped reduce traffic congestion in the city.

The Delhi government, which has projected the second phase of the road-rationing policy as the "decisive" one, said that 2,000 traffic personnel, 580 enforcement officials and over 5,000 civil defence volunteers are being deployed for its smooth implementation.

Violators will be fined Rs 2,000 in accordance with relevant section of the Motor Vehicles Act and the scheme will not be implemented on Sundays.

Two hundred metro trains will make around 3,248 trips daily during the next fortnight, a rise of about 56 trips over the existing arrangements, DMRC has said. Fifteen additional feeder buses will also leave from stations across the city.

About 2,000 officials of Delhi Traffic Police will be deployed on roads daily. The traffic department has identified 200 intersections in the city where their personnel will be deployed in teams, with their sizes depending upon the volume of traffic in those intersections.

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