India watches Delhi's odd and even plan

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Yesterday, 203 people were challenged for the violation of norms in the odd-even scheme. Earlier in the day, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the AAP government had launched the odd-even plan despite apprehensions that the move may have an adverse impact on the party's vote bank. Mr. Rai has an even numbered auto which they will use today.

Two wheelers and CNG-run vehicles have also been exempted.

People who violate the odd-even rule will be fined Rs 2,000.

On Friday, pollutant levels dipped by around 10 per cent on an average between 8 am to 2 pm as compared to the previous two days, "possibly" due to the odd-even restrictions, before rising sharply afterwards with a fall in day-time temperature, SAFAR scientists said.

Meanwhile, first air quality data from 24 locations show encouraging results of reduction in air pollution in Delhi on the New Year Day.

Even as there is no clarity whether cars are indeed the worst contributors to Delhi's lung-searing air pollution and there are many loopholes in the policy that allows car-owners to circumvent the restrictions, Monday's experience seemed to have indicated that the capital threw its weight behind Kejriwal's initiative. "Additional 100 teams of traffic police will be fielded on roads to monitor", Rai said.

Mr. Rai held a coordination committee meeting attended by senior officers from traffic police, Delhi police, civil defense force, Metro officials and other agency heads engaged in implementation of the ambitious car-rationing scheme, which came into force on January 1.

The Delhi Transport Corporation is likely to increase the frequency of buses to help ferry 64 lakh commuters, while the Delhi metro is likely to ferry 32 lakh commuters, an increase from the usual number of commuters.

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