Hundreds of thousands of even-numbered vehicles went off the roads in the Indian capital on Friday as Delhiites embraced a novel odd-even vehicle restriction policy aimed at curbing alarming levels of pollution.
Eight hours after the 8 a.m.-8 p.m. scheme got underway, authorities had issued challans to 117 motorists - a small number compared to the lakhs of vehicles which were on the roads.After seeing the widespread compliance, Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said: "It is more successful than what we had anticipated."Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he was overwhelmed by the response of the people towards the January 1-15 trial run that seeks to allow on roads only odd-numbered four-wheeled vehicles on odd dates and even-numbered ones on even dates. There are no restrictions on Sundays."I am truly overwhelmed. There are very few even numbered cars on the roads," he told the media. After the odd-day success, Delhi hopes for a smooth even, reports The Indian Express.Kejriwal said this was not a permanent scheme. "It is not possible to implement this permanently," he told CNN-IBN. Such curbs can be imposed whenever pollution levels go up alarmingly, he said.