Govt. lauds Delhiites for success of ‘odd-even’ scheme

New Delhi, Jan. 1 (ANI): The Delhi Government on Friday thanked the people, the police and media for the successful implementation of the Odd-Even formulae on the first day in the national capital today.

“We thank the enforcement agencies and people of Delhi for making the odd even formula a success on first day. Beside pollution, people enjoyed traffic free roads on the first day of the new year which is a good feeling,” Transport Minister Gopal Rai told the media here.

“I would also like to thank the traffic police personnel of Delhi for the effective implementation of the odd-even plan. Volunteers complained that they were standing with roses, wanting to do some ‘Gandhigiri’, but were unable to find anyone violating rules,” he added.

The Transport Minister also informed that Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal, who has an odd-numbered car, pooled car along with ministers, saying it prevented four to five vehicles from coming on road.

“The same Delhi, which was called selfish, has shown the way. We thank all people for choosing their children’s health,” he added.

Rai also pointed out that bigger challenge for the formulae would be on January 4 (Monday) when offices resume in the national capital.

“People are saying that the scheme will face bigger challenges on January 4. People of Delhi must make arrangement for that,” he added.

The Transport Minister also said that 117 defaulters have been challaned under the odd even scheme.

Kejriwal had earlier said that he was “overwhelmed by the response” to the scheme and that the people of Delhi had achieved the impossible.

Today, only odd-numbered cars were allowed on the roads as part of a 15-day plan to allow private vehicles on alternate days.

The national capital today for the first time practiced new odd-even plan for cars, a drastic step to reduce air pollution by limiting the numbers of cars on the streets for two weeks. (ANI)

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