Though restrictions will continue when the most protected leaders of the country are on the move, especially the President or Prime Minister.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Modi went to Delhi airport to receive Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina in "normal traffic". No traffic routes were blocked along the route he took.
Many politicians welcomed the government's move. Some even posted photos of their official vehicles without the infamous lal batti.
Soon, #EveryoneVIPinNewIndia was one of the top trends on Twitter
End of RedLight or Lalbatti era a moment of relief for common man indeed— KAMAL CHAUHAN (@KAMALCH54586869) April 19, 2017
Ministers standing in queues, traveling in trains & in economy class. Now no red beacons. End of VIP culture #EveryoneVIPinNewIndia— || || (@priyankmunjoshi) April 19, 2017
For past 70 yrs, red beacons created a perception of inferiority amongst citizens n superiority amongst politicians. #EveryoneVIPinNewIndia— Rahul A. Bhalerao (@rahulabhalerao) April 19, 2017
Govt bans red beacons on all VIP vehicles. Please ban Rail/Air travel freebies as well and No pension for MPs/MLAs. #EveryoneVIPinNewIndia— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) April 19, 2017
#RedBeacon ban. thats a great step by govt. If followed properly ambulance and people/kid on the way to exam/airport/train will be thankful!— Priyab (@iampriyab) April 19, 2017
Narendra Modi government ends lal batti culture that was often misused by various people as a show of power #EveryoneVIPinNewIndia— Ashish Mishra (@meashishmishra) April 19, 2017
Earlier this month, an ambulance carrying a bleeding child was made to wait by a traffic cop for movement of Malaysian PM Najib Razak's convoy in Delhi. An angry eye-witness live-streamed the video on Facebook. After the video went viral, police said they were following protocol.
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