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Delhi Cops Will Set Up 200 Barriers To Implement Odd-Even Traffic Rule

Huffington Post, 26 December 2015
Notwithstanding the social media outrage faced by the Delhi government for coming up with the odd-even plan to curb pollution in India’s capital, the authorities are bracing for the impending confusion. According to a report in The Times of India, Delhi’s traffic police have planned to set up barriers across the city and conduct checks at all important intersections.

One of the officers told TOI, “It would be difficult to challan a vehicle during peak hours without causing traffic chaos. But measures would be taken to ensure traffic moves smoothly. A blueprint for this is being framed.”

Earlier this month, the Aam Aadmi Party government announced that cars with odd and even registration numbers would be allowed on the roads on alternate days from 1 January 2016 (for a 15-day trial period) to bring down the pollution levels in the city.

The government seems to be leaving no stones unturned — going all out with advertisements, hoardings and other public awareness campaigns.
To control the traffic confusion that is bound to ensue, the Delhi traffic police have planned to set up around 150-200 barriers or nakabandis across the city. The barriers will be put up to make sure that people don’t get to flout the rule easily and vehicles checked properly.

Such preparations are usually done to beef up security when there are important state guests in town or before national holidays like Republic Day and Independence Day.

With the additional barriers strewn across the city, cops are expecting the traffic movement to be painfully slow.

It is estimated that half of the over 19 lakh registered vehicles in Delhi will be off the roads under this plan.

On Thursday, CM Kejriwal had announced that single women drivers, emergency cars (ambulance, police vans, firetrucks), several ‘VIPs’ including the President and Prime Minister, will be exempt from the odd-even formula. Children up to 12 years of age can also travel with a woman driver.

He had specifically added that himself and his family would not be exempt from the rule.