DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 2: Dimapur police appears to be illegally enforcing the odd-even system for non-essential vehicular movement within Dimapur town and NH-29 till Chumoukedima town without notifying extension of the odd-even system in the district.
The last order on enforcement of odd-even rules in the district issued by Rothihu Tetseo, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Dimapur on September 1 expired on September 30.
“In continuation to this Office order of even No. 1763 dated 14th Aug’ 2020 and in the interest of public safety during the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, traffic regulations for non-essential vehicular movement within Dimapur town and NH-29 till Chumoukedima town is hereby issued under Section 115 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 with effect from 2nd September, 2020 till 30th September, 2020,” said an order issued by the Dimapur police chief on September 1 notifying extension of the odd-even system in the district.
As per the order, odd numbered vehicles were to ply on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while even numbered vehicles were to ply on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The restriction was not enforced on Sundays.
However, on October 1, wide-eyed traffic cops were seen penalizing odd numbered vehicles along the NH-29, while on October 2, even numbered vehicles were penalized.
The DC Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie NCS had promptly issued an order on September 30 extending the ‘odd-even’ system, except on Sundays, till October 31, whereas the Dimapur police had not issued any such order till date. However, eager traffic cops along NH-29 were seen issuing challans to commuters for breaking the odd-even rule, which is illegal since the rule has not been extended to October.
While it is not known whether the district Police authorities had authorized traffic cops in the highway to enforce the odd-even rule and collect fines, Police authorities ought to come clean on whether the odd-even system is still in force in the district or not.
Besides, since the aforesaid August 14, 2020 order on the odd-even vehicular system expired on September 30, at Dimapur, those challaned in this district on October 1 & 2 also ought to be refunded.
(Page News Service)