New Delhi, Jan 1 (IANS) Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Friday thanked Delhi Police and civil defence volunteers for doing a good job on the first day of the trial-run of odd-even vehicular scheme that was well received by people.
Rai said though he was “unsuccessful” in spotting cars bearing even numbered registration plates, a handful of violators were fined in the capital.
The minister said the number of violators was “negligible”.
“I would like to thank Delhi Traffic Police, civil defence volunteers and sub divisional magistrates for their cooperation,” Rai said.
Earlier, there were tensions between the Delhi government and Delhi Police after city police chief B.S. Bassi warned the volunteers against overzealousness and acting on their own.
“For clean air, we can leave our cars. It was my dream to change the mindset of people,” Rai said.
Rai further said that elaborate arrangements had been made to deal heavy crowd on Monday.
“We are eagerly waiting for Monday as most of our DTC and additional buses were plying with a few passengers today. The extra crowd on Monday will be accommodated in these buses and metro,” he said.
“Today (Friday) people followed the formula for the sake of their children so I appeal the city people to do the same on Monday as well and make the odd even plan successful,” he said.
Rai also appealed to the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress to support the scheme. “It is not a political fight. Delhi people have supported odd-even scheme so I appeal the BJP and the Congress to support the cause.”
–Indo-Asian New Service