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Odd-even scheme: a fine of Rs 2000 penalty for each violation of rule

New Delhi, Dec 30: The controversy of odd-even scheme may end up coughing a hefty penalty as a fine of Rs 2000 will be slapped each time the rule is violated during the course of the day.

Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said the decision was taken after detailed deliberations with Delhi Police and exuded confidence that the ambitious scheme to bring down air pollution in the city will be successful.

"We have taken the decision to slap a fine of Rs 2,000 for each violation. If a motorist is fined Rs 2,000 at a certain point, he may face same penalty multiple times if he keeps flouting the rule during the day. This provision has been made to ensure that people strictly follow the norms," Rai told.

A gazette notification to this effect has already been issued by the transport department following approval by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung.

The odd-even scheme will be rolled out on January 1 initially for a period of 15 days and the Delhi government expects around six lakh vehicles to go off the city roads each day during the period. A trial run of the scheme will be conducted for two hours from 9AM to 11 AM on December 31.

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