A modest Delhi citizen at present, simply wants to know what will be the repercussion of the Delhi Government’s odd-even policy. The Delhi Government has announced that from January 1, 2016, private vehicles with odd registration numbers will run on the odd dates and vice versa. This policy will be experimented for a period of 15 days and the trial will determine whether the practice will be mandated or not. This dilemma was declared by the AAP-led Delhi Government as Delhi was corroborated as the most polluted city in the world leaving behind even Beijing, which was earlier the most polluted city in the world.
This model has definitely come as a surprise for everyone. Some think that this will help in pollution abatement and some think it will be a pain for the private vehicle owners.
The odd-even policy has received a rather cold shoulder from the National Green Tribunal (NGT), as according to them this will induce the private vehicle owners to buy two cars. The NGT said that this policy will instead upsurge the number of private vehicles on road. NGT has also suppressed anymore registration of diesel vehicles and there will be no renewal of registration of diesel-run vehicles which are more than ten-year-old in the capital.
The CM, Arvind Kejriwal, has exempted single-women drivers and private two-wheelers from this rule. Special provisions have been made for emergency cases. Also, this command does not imply on Public transport like autos, buses, ambulances, etc. The Delhi Government will double the fleet of buses to overcome the shortage of public vehicles. The government has also prompted Delhi Metro to augment there services in order to aid the citizens. Also, if anyone defied the odd-even rule, the person maybe subjected to a fine of about two thousand rupees.
This rule will be applicable from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday. It will not be pertinent on Sundays. Trucks from other cities will be prohibited to trespass Delhi after 11 p.m. The C.M. is yet to make some other add-ons and deductions that will be assessed in the desired plan.
Now, the main question that has spurred is whether this protocol will actually assist in curbing the pollution and traffic problem or not and along with that , will the people seriously abide by the rule or flout it. The fifteen-day trial from January 1 will decide if this norm is a hit or an added trouble. Different people are making different assumptions about this design. Some are saying that once the rule will come into force, initially the public will find it baffling to adapt with it but with time, they will get used to it. Some have raised the point that implementation of rules is a major problem in this country and like many other rules, this guideline will also loose it’s effect as the time unfolds. There is another implication that says, this rule will persist not even for the trial of fifteen days and that it will be scrapped soon after it’s implementation.
Everyone is thinking about the chaos of this intent and the presumptions will continue till the scheme actually comes into action.
Let’s see what will be the fate of this odd-even policy.