Odd-Even plan kicks off; Arvind Kejriwal says Overwhelmed by Delhi’s response

The ambitious plan of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to reduce pollution levels in the national capital kicked off on Friday.


Under the odd-even initiative, fuel-based private vehicles with odd and even numbers will run on alternate days, even numbered vehicles on even dates and odd numbered on odd dates, on a trial basis for a fortnight beginning January 01, 2016 to battle rising pollution in the city.

Those who violate the odd-even rule will be fined Rs. 2,000 by traffic policemen and officials.

The government has exempted women, VVIPs, police, paramilitary forces, emergency services like ambulances, fire brigade, gas-run private vehicles etc. A fine of 2,000 rupees will be imposed on offenders.

To send a strong message to people, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet ministers will carpool to work and use public transport with the start of the odd-even scheme that will restrict movement of private cars on Delhi’s roads for 15 days from Friday.

Kejriwal will share his car with Transport Minister Gopal Rai and PWD Minister Satyendar Jain while Environment Minister Imran Hussain and Social Welfare Minister Sandeep Kumar will take an auto and a bus, respectively, to Delhi Secretariat.

Thousands of civil defence volunteers are deployed to assist the Traffic Police, enforcement teams of Delhi government’s transport department and authorised sub- divisional magistrates, to implement the scheme which will kick in at 8 am.

11:03 AM
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal carpools with Cabinet Ministers Gopal Rai & Satyendra Jain to Delhi Secretariat.

10:34 AM
Arvind Kejriwal to media

According to the reports we have got till now, #OddEvenFormula has been a success. By and large people of Delhi have accepted this anti-pollution drive whole heartedly.

10:17 AM
Civil Defence Volunteers offer flowers to people who are using even number cars.

10:15 AM
Manish Sisodia on Odd-Even

“I am very confident that Delhi people would like to give their loved ones a New Year gift-pollution free environment. The Odd-Even rule is a just a step towards this. From last three-four days, I have been realizing that New Delhi is ready for this rule,” Sisodia told ANI.

“I have an odd-numbered car and I would be using that on odd dates. While on even days, I would be using my bicycle to go to office. From there, if I would have to go somewhere, then I would pool in with my colleagues,” he added.

08:44 AM
An even number car challaned at ITO

08:44 AM
Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra leaves for Delhi Secretariat on a motorcycle .

08:41 AM
I am confident that people of Delhi will ensure that #OddEvenFormula is a success: Satyendra Jain, Delhi Minister.

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