Odd-Even scheme crumbles, BJP MP among 710 fined

The second phase of Delhi’s odd-even traffic scheme was a success on its first full working day on Monday, the city government said. BJP parliamentarian Vijay Goel, who flouted it to protest against what he said was “needless expenditure” on its promotion, was among 710 motorists fined on the day.

Hundreds of thousands of diesel and petrol driven private four-wheelers, mainly cars, with odd registration numbers stayed off the roads from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. as part of the scheme aimed at curbing pollution.

Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said after a bus ride earlier in the day that “the people of Delhi have voluntarily accepted the (second phase of the) scheme too”. The first phase ran from January 1 to 15.