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Has The Odd-Even Rule Actually Worked For Delhi?


Simranjeet Kalra
A man of all seasons, I have seen life closely through the eyes of people I have met. I have a knack for having an alternate vision and a keen "situation-al observation". Always curious and digging for more information, am coming up with my first novel aimed at invoking positive thinking among Indian youth!

The Kejriwal government in Delhi took the bold initiative of introducing Delhi-ites to a “Pollution Free” city with Odd/Even rule in the New Year.

The trial version of odd/even traffic system was launched with much fanfare and was duly followed in the first 15 days of 2016. We take a look if the method was actually fruitful or it was simply a gimmick of the AAP government. There are certain questions that are left unanswered…

Was it really effective?

Okay given, that the system helped curb traffic to a great extent. Traffic was visibly lesser than compared to normal days. Major intersections such as ITO and Dhaula Kuan were easy to manoeuvre and travelling was comparatively stress-free for these 15 days. Now, on the flip side, the question remains whether the rule was effective in checking pollution level as well.


Pollution remains

Delhi pollution is stubborn, so it remains as it is. The emission level is still above the hazardous level and it is not a very pleasing scenario, even after implementation of the rule. It should be pointed that pollution was one major factor, which was considered before proposing the rule. If pollution level remains hazardous, there is simply no point.


Is it practical?

Imagine yourself as the traffic cop controlling traffic on Delhi roads. Is it possible to check every passing vehicle. CNG vehicles are exempted, all-lady cars are exempted, and all-lady cars with children below 12 are exempted, making it tough for the cops to implement the rule. It’s like playing live Tetris!


Who would bear the increased travelling cost?

If you are travelling to work by car every day and if the rule is implemented permanently, then you would have to take a cab on alternate days. The point being, who would bear the increased cost? Or, how would the government plan to support people who have budget constraints? Is the government also coming with schemes to increase an individual’s earning? If not, then why impose an increased cost on citizens?


Someone needs to think!

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