New Delhi: The odd-even formula for vehicles to check air pollution got off to an orderly start in the Capital on New Year’s Day, apparently helped by the fact that schools were closed and several people had taken the day off.
People appeared to be voluntarily following the restrictions. Today was the day for vehicles with odd registration numbers. Traffic looked sparse in several areas, even during peak hours. Several people were also seen cycling to work at busy intersections such as ITO and Akshardham.
Thousands of Civil Defence volunteers, traffic police personnel, enforcement teams of the Delhi Government’s Transport Department and authorised sub-divisional magistrates have been deployed to implement the policy.
The Delhi Government has announced the policy to control vehicle flow in the city in a bid to fight the alarming rise of air pollution, especially in the winter months. According to the new policy, vehicles bearing odd and even registration numbers will be allowed to ply on city roads on odd and even dates, respectively, until January 15.
Restrictions will apply from 8 am to 8 pm. There will be no restrictions on Sundays. Women drivers travelling alone or with children, two-wheelers, CNG-certified vehicles and cars carrying differently abled passengers will be exempt from the policy.
VIP vehicles belonging to the President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, Union ministers and governors and chief ministers of states and Union Territories, “except that of Delhi”, will be exempt.
Vehicles bearing the Defence Ministry’s number plates and those of Special Protection Group (SPG) protectees will not be covered under the policy, nor will emergency and enforcement vehicles such as ambulances, fire brigade, police vehicles, transport department’s vehicles. The plan will be reviewed on January 15.