The second day of the odd-even vehicular restriction trial, termed as “successful” by the Delhi government, saw Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia cycle to office, roll out of even-numbered cars on the city’s streets and a marginal jump in the number of prosecutions.
The impact of the restrictions was not immediately reflected in the levels of suspended particulate matter which remained on the higher side keeping the average air quality ‘very poor’.
Transport Minister Gopal Rai took a bus ride to take stock of the situation and spoke to volunteers deployed on the roads tasked with handing over roses to errant motorists. “Two days trials show that people of Delhi are ready for it,” he said.
Across the city, including at major arteries in central Delhi, traffic police were seen stopping violators. A total of 276 violators were challaned by traffic and the city’s transport department as opposed to yesterday’s 203.
The unprecedented restrictive measures, aimed at curbing pollution, was rolled out in the city yesterday that led to a major cut in the number of cars on city roads.
Sisodia, whose car bears an odd registration number, cycled to the All India Radio office at 8.30 AM from his residence and then pedalled down to Delhi Secretariat after taking part in a radio show there.
A thousand more traffic police personnel were deployed today even as more volunteers came out in the streets encouraging Delhiites to support ambitious drive to curb air pollution and vehicular congestion in the city.
The traffic flow which was relatively less in the morning increased noon onwards with volunteers on roads ensuring plying of even cars.
“1000 more officials were deployed today because the traffic police could not operate at its optimum capacity yesterday, as large number of police officials were deployed on the road till 3 AM on the intervening night of new year,” a senior police official said.
While the school children who took the awareness campaign lead yesterday, were not seen today, more civil defence volunteers were seen on busy stretches holding posters and guiding the public to abide by the rules.
The real test for the scheme will be on Monday, the first working day of the week with several offices and courts opening after new year and week-end holidays.