Round one of the odd-even rule laid down by the Kejriwal government in Delhi was well accepted by the masses. But something seems to have gone wrong in the second phase.
With more cars on the roads and a greater number of ineligible vehicles out on the wrong days, the government needs to reconsider its decision of implementing this law and going ahead with round three in the future.
The Odd-Even Rule
The system is not something new. In fact, it was applied before the summer Olympics in the city of Beijing. The law was so effective that the government made it a permanent rule.
Paris, Bogota, and Mexico are a few places where this method is imposed by the government and has proved to be a great success.
A Few Points
You need to know these important rules of the odd-even law.
• If your vehicle has an odd registration number, it can be on the roads only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
• Even number registered vehicles are allowed on the streets only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
• The rule does not hold on Sundays.
• The vehicles exempted are two-wheelers, emergency vehicles, and CNG driven public transport vehicles.
• If you have a vehicle coming from another state, this law will still apply. Vehicles owned by ministers can be out only on permitted days.
• Public transportation will increase with a greater number of buses and metros so that commuters do not face hassles commuting.
• The system will be tested in phases to see if it works out and helps in controlling pollution levels of Delhi.
The Reason why Delhi Government had to Impose this Rule
The rise in the pollutions levels of Delhi is alarming, and our government is in need of a plan to curb it.
The Kejriwal government decided to enforce this method to control the number of vehicles on the road each day and thus bring down the pollution level in the city.
Reasons Why Round Two Did Not Work Out
There are a few plausible reasons why Delhi did not oblige in the second round.
• Round 1 was implemented in winters whereas round 2 in summers.
• There are not enough buses and trains, and people were not ready to travel in packed buses during summers.
• Dust and pollution are on the rise in Delhi during this season which forced people to travel in the comfort of their vehicle.
The Delhi Government Needs to Re-Think its Strategy to Fight Air Pollution
The real idea of implementing the odd-even rule was to bring down the pollution levels in the city. But studies do not show this to be happening. On the other hand, it was only creating more confusion and causing discomfort to the masses.
The government needs to re-think its action plan to fight air pollution without losing the confidence of the people of Delhi. Displeasure among the masses of Delhi will only cause trouble for the Arvind Kejriwal-led government.