Odd-even was tough call, but Delhiites proved their mettle: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Jan. 15 (ANI): Buoyed by the success of the odd-even rule, which is coming to end by the evening, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Friday expressed their gratitude towards Delhiites for making the first phase of the plan successful.

“It was a tough call,” said Kejriwal, “but the people of Delhi stood by it, followed it.”

“I congratulate the people of Delhi from the bottom of my heart. They are very nice. The only need is the governance to come out of the secretariat,” he said.

“Not only the people of India, but the entire world was watching whether the odd-even implementation is successful or not. So, the people of Delhi have set an example before the world,” said Kejriwal, adding that they did not abide by the rule due to fear of Rs. 2,000 fine, but understood the motive behind it, and thus, followed it.

He also expressed his gratitude towards the Delhi Police, Public Works Department (PWD), Transport Department and the Delhi Metro for their cooperation, and congratulated the Civil Defence volunteers for their patient percussion to the commuters to abide by the rule.

He also congratulated the media for starting a debate in this connection and pointing out shortcomings in the implementation, which we tried to do away with.

The chief minister hailed the role of the judiciary, which extended their cooperation to the Delhi Government.

“The most overwhelming response was from the Chief Justice of India and the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, who despite being exempted from the odd-even rule, pulled their car. Besides them, many SC and HC judges walked to the court, leaving their vehicles behind at their residences, which boosted the morale and inspired several lakhs people to follow the rule. We salute the judiciary and judges who wholeheartedly participated in the process,” he added.

Pollution level came down, but decongested roads were one of the things that people admired, he said.

He said the Delhi Government would be holding a public meeting at Chhatrasal Stadium here at 3p.m on Sunday to express his government’s gratitude to the people, volunteers and all agencies involved in the odd-even implementation. (ANI)

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