5,000 civil defence volunteers to be deployed during car curbs

Days before Delhi gets ready to roll out implement its odd-even scheme, Transport Minister Gopal Rai and Police Commissioner B S Bassi discussed issues related to deployment of civil defence volunteers.

“Delhi government is giving us 5,000-6,000 volunteers during odd-even drive,” Bassi told reporters after his meeting with the Transport Minister at the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday.

Earlier on Monday, Rai had accused the police chief of mistaking AAP workers for civil defence volunteers, who will assist Delhi Police in implementing the road-rationing scheme, starting from January 1.

Bassi had said police would not allow volunteers to stop vehicles or direct traffic when the odd-even car formula comes into force.

According to Rai, Transport Department, Special Commissioner (Traffic) and Divisional Commissioner will have a coordination team to oversee implementation of the odd-even car curbs. “They will sort out problem if any. We will intervene if need be,” he said.

Meanwhile, Rai and Public Works Department Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday held a meeting with various government departments to take stock of the preparedness for the odd-even scheme.

“It was clarified to the representatives of Delhi Police that only civil defence volunteers will be deployed along with NCC and NSS, who will work in close coordination with traffic police and revenue authorities.  Their role will be to create awareness on major crossings and they will carry placards and will not be authorised to stop any vehicles,” the government in a statement said.

The government said the checking teams will be deployed at wider roads and not in the vicinity of crossings so that there are no traffic disruptions.  The police have been asked not to erect barricades.

The transport department will also deploy 66 enforcement teams to keep a watch on violations near bus terminals, railway stations, hospitals and market areas.  The teams will guard Delhiites from unscrupulous autorickshaw drivers who turndown passengers or overcharge.

“All SDMs may also be issued the challan books. Along with teams of civil defence volunteers, they should take up the round of the area and do video recording wherever necessary,” the government said.

Govt withrdaws order
The Delhi government on Tuesday decided to withdraw its earlier order to slap repeat fines of Rs 2,000 for each violation by motorists in the course of a day, reports PTI from New Delhi.

Transport Minister Gopal Rai said following a request by the Police Commissioner, the government decided to reverse its earlier decision of slapping fine of Rs 2,000 on offenders each time they got caught violating the scheme during the course of the day.

“In the meeting with Special Commissioner (Traffic) Muktesh Chander yesterday, it was decided to impose a fine of Rs 2,000 each time the rule is violated during the course of a day. However, the Police Commissioner today urged the government not to challan violators repeatedly, saying action can be taken in the second phase of scheme. In view of Police Commissioner’s request, the government decided to reverse the decision,” Rai told PTI.

Earlier, the minister had said a fine of Rs 2,000 will be slapped each time the rule is violated during the course of the day.

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