The Delhi Police has collected more than Rs 38 lakh in fine for violation of the odd-even rule. The force estimates that the collection would exceed Rs 1 crore by 15 January.
Between 1-5 January, 1,938 drivers have been fined Rs 2,000 each for flouting the temporary car rationing rule. Most fines were levied on Monday, 4 January, when 1,040 cars were caught violating the rule. It was the first day after the end of a long weekend and it was expected that a large number of vehicles would ply on the roads of the capital.
On 4 January, 2,000 police officials were positioned throughout the city and after that the drivers strictly followed the rule, special commissioner of police (traffic) Muktesh Chander told Hindustan Times.
"Our men are on duty but there are very few drivers violating the rule. It is good that people are following the rules. Also the fine of Rs 2,000 is not a small amount," he added.
On Tuesday, 5 January, the police fined 114 drivers, Delhi government's transport department fined 71 people, and the revenue department fined 557 people. And, the Delhi Police collected Rs 2.6 lakh on Tuesday.
Senior police officials said that they would be writing to the Delhi government to allocate a portion of the collected money for road safety.
"A proposal to use some portion of the money collected from traffic fines for road safety is already pending. It was an old proposal which has not been cleared till date," said a senior officer to Hindustan Times.