From the 1st to 15th of January, Delhi followed a rule wherein only odd cars were allowed on odd numbered dates and even numbered cars on even dates.This article describes in brief the impact that the Delhi’s odd- even traffic rule had after the trial period of 15 days.
Let us start by the ground reality that the traffic on roads was comparatively quite less and people were quite happy with lesser traffic congestion which preventing unnecessary wastage of time. Due to lesser jams, the frustrating honking of horns on the roads also went down.People were actually quite happy that they could drive smoothly while the odd-even rule was in play.
The effect on the air pollution still remains unclear as vehicular pollution is not the only factor that pollutes Delhi’s air. Vehicular pollution contributes to 10 percent of city’s air pollution.
|Impact Of Delhi’s Odd-Even Traffic Rule|
– The pollution meters, on the contrary, showed higher particulate matter in the air.
– There was much more rush in Delhi metro and public transport.In spite of having good metro system, we still are not ready to cater to such large number of people.Also, it is not so easy at present to increase the number of CNG buses on road. During the 15 day trial period, many school buses were used as a means of public transport but this is not possible on daily basis to use school buses.
– The odd -even encouraged people to go for car pooling.One could actually see, people who had never considered car pooling earlier, going to offices together. In Delhi, many MNCs are located around Noida and Gurgaon.Many people found the concept and are still doing car pools in spite of termination of odd-even rule. This not only leads to lesser cars on roads but also conservation of natural resources like Petrol and Diesel. Also, no doubts, it happens to be economical.
– Cars with CNG were exempted from odd-even rule so, the use and installation of the clean fuel CNG driven cars got encouraged.
– However, exempting the two wheelers and auto rickshaws from the odd-even policy does defeat the purpose to a great extent since these vehicles also contribute to the traffic related pollution to a significant level.The cars alone do not produce all the pollution.
– The people faced a bit of inconvenience when their cars were stopped for enquiries and explanations since, there were too many exceptions and exemptions to the odd-even rule.
Overall, the move was a good initiative on part of Delhi government but it needs some more arrangements and amendments in order to be more practical, convenient to the public and more effective in bringing the pollution and particulate matter levels down to a considerable extent. For instance, we need to increase the frequency of metros, add more coaches to metro trains, bring in more CNG buses, do away with too many exemptions to the odd-even rule.The two and three wheelers have to be covered under the odd even formula and the use of bicycles should be encouraged at least for short distance. Bike lanes also need to be incorporated in Delhi roads.
What are your views on Delhi’s odd-even traffic rule? Do you think it’s a good idea or a bad one?
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