Even-odd scheme: 743 violators booked on 5th day

New Delhi: Nearly 743 violators of the even-odd scheme were booked on the fifth day of the implementation of the car-rationing scheme.

Police said it penalized 130 motorists on Wednesday as against Tuesday's figure of 401.

The enforcement teams of the government's transport department fined around 71 motorists, while the revenue department booked 542 people.

Around 1,247 violators were booked on Tuesday. 321 auto drivers were booked for refusing to ply on the roads in the national capital.

Delhi Metro officials said that the ridership saw a jump of over 75,000 than last Wednesday with a figure of around 20,84,401 till 8 PM on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the AAP government to explain why it couldn’t restrict the even-odd scheme to a week.

A bench of Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath said that the government will have to admit that it does not have sufficient public transport to ferry people.

“Aren't these six days enough for you? We have permitted the government to run this scheme for one week during which they must have collected data relating to pollution levels in the city,” the bench said.

The court has fixed the matter for January 8 by when it has asked the government to get instructions on whether its pilot project can be reduced to a week instead of 15 days.

It has also asked the government to provide data regarding changes in pollution levels between January 1 and 7.

News24 Bureau