About 3,000 motorists fined during curbs, police happy with Delhiites

We faced a daunting task, says Bassi

Around 2,900 challans were issued by Delhi Traffic Police during the odd-even campaign. On Friday, Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi said they were happy with the response from Delhiites.

“With over two dozen exemptions, we faced a daunting task. It was difficult to identify and prosecute the motorists. We are happy that Delhiites made efforts to follow the rules,” Bassi added.

Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander told the media that the rule was an added responsibility to the short-staffed force, but they support any move which helps clean the city’s toxic air.

“We do not have enough manpower for specific checks, but we would support such campaigns in future as well. The Delhi government, however, must opt for a policy without exemptions,” Chander added.

There are around 84 lakh registered vehicles, including 26 lakh cars in Delhi. On an average, the capital adds 1,400 cars on the roads every day.

Due to a severe shortage of staff, police had also requested the Delhi government for volunteers to assist the force.

In the 15 days, thousands of volunteers assisted the police teams at major stretches and intersections.

“A certificate will be given to the volunteers for their service,” Chander said. The traffic unit only has 5,500 personnel. Earlier, the entire staff used to be on duty during the day, but in order to curb deaths due to road accidents, between 40 and 50 per cent of the staff were shifted to night hours.

About 3,000 personnel are available for day shifts. “Most of the time these police personnel regulate traffic instead of catching violators,” Chander said.

In addition to the odd-even campaign, the traffic police have also been organising the annual Road Safety Week and Road Safety Awareness programmes on a daily basis.

The programmes are organised at two major intersections in the morning and a prominent place in the evening hours wherein ‘nukkad natak’ on road safety are performed.

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