New Delhi: Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra rode a bike to office on Friday, having decided not to use a solo car during the duration of the odd-even scheme until January 15.
 
On the first day of the car use regulation system aimed at battling pollution, Mishra told IANS that he took 20 minutes to reach the Delhi Secretariat from Yamuna Vihar in east Delhi.
 
“It seems Delhi has accepted the scheme. I am very happy,” he said, referring to the scheme under which odd and even numbered four-wheeled vehicles would ply in Delhi on alternate dates.
 
The odd-even rule is valid from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, except on Sundays, and the vehicle regulation kick-started on Friday.
 
“I am not going to come alone in my car for the next 15 days. I will be either car pooling or riding a bike,” Mishra said.
 
According to him, on a normal weekday, it takes about an hour to cover the distance between his house and the Delhi Secretariat.
 
The Delhi CM introduced the odd-even rule following the rising pollution levels in the city. CNG vehicles, two-wheelers, and women drivers have been exempted from this rule.