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Arvind Kerjwal claims 'odd-even' scheme a success, thanks Delhi police for its support

Arvind Kerjwal claims 'odd-even' scheme a success, thanks Delhi police for its support

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday thanked people of Delhi for their support to the odd-even road rationing scheme introduced by the Aam Aadmi Party government.

Kejriwal also congratulated Delhi police and civil defence volunteers for their efforts to make the 15-day trial of the scheme successful.

Kejriwal said the measures, unprecedented in independent India's history, managed to increase the efficiency of the public transportation system, especially buses, as congestion came down "drastically"

People followed the measures not because of the provision of Rs 2,000 penalty for each violation, Kejriwal stressed.

"It gained widespread support as we took people along," he said in a press conference at the Delhi Secretariat, flanked by Transport Minister Gopal Rai and Home Minister Satyender Jain.

Rai said that "three factors" have come up in wake of the restrictions, namely reduction in the level of peak pollution, a cut in the average volume of PM 2.5 (fine respirable particles) and the high quantity of pollutants in the border areas.

The chief minister said that he found gestures like that of the Chief Justice of India T S Thakur, who carpooled to office, and other judges of the Supreme Court and High Court "overwhelming".

The radical scheme, aimed at curbing soaring levels of pollution, came into force on January 1 leading to major cut in volume of cars on the city's streets amid the deployment of thousands of traffic police personnel and volunteers.

Under the scheme, private cars having odd registration numbers were allowed to ply on odd dates and those with even numbers on even dates. The restriction period was from 8 AM to 8 PM.

(With inputs from PTI)

first published:January 15, 2016, 16:59 IST