"Overwhelmed" by the response of the people to the odd-even car rationing experiment, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said that the pilot initiative of the AAP government has turned "into a movement".
Kejriwal's comments came two hours after the commencement of the radical scheme aimed at mitigating spiralling air pollution levels with the stipulation today that private cars bearing odd-registration plates will ply on city roads.
The Chief Minister said that as per initial reports, the plan has been "quite successful" and people in the national capital have largely accepted the restrictions with an "open mind".
"I repeatedly said that the scheme will meet with success only when people embrace it and not though force. It has become a movement and we are truly overwhelmed by the response we have received so far.
Delhi has done it! Reports so far v encouraging. Delhiites! U give me hope that U are capable of achieving big challenges— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 1, 2016
"Delhi will show way to the rest of the country," Kejriwal told reporters outside his residence.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who reached the Secretariat on his official car bearing odd-number registration plate, echoed the Chief Ministers observation saying that people have adopted the initiative as their "own mission".
"And government is merely assisting them. So this is the ideal situation," Sisodia said.
Kejriwal shared his car to the Secretariat with transport Minister Gopal Rai and Health Minister Satyender Jain. They live in North Delhi's Civil Lines area.
Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra reached the Secretariat on his two-wheeler at around 9 AM and tweeted, "Wow Delhi Thank you for making #OddEvenFormula a success...just reached office on bike.. no traffic.. Delhi is following it voluntarily."
Wow Delhi Thank you for making #OddEvenFormula a success... just reached office on bike.. no traffic.. Delhi is following it voluntarily :)— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishraAAP) January 1, 2016
Two-wheelers are included in the list of 25 categories that have been kept out of the ambit of the scheme.