As we all know that, the level of Delhi’s pollution is alarmingly rising day by day and the city is becoming unsafe for breathing. The killer pollution of Delhi is a grave concern for Delhi government. The toxic level of pollution is responsible for many deaths and diseases. Delhi has also been identified as a gas chamber by the Supreme Court of India.
So, Delhi government has to find a way out to tackle this situation before even getting the situation worsened too much. So finally, CM Arvind Kejriwal has proposed a way to tackle this alarmingly high level of pollution. The solution is known as Odd-even formula.
So, what is Odd-Even Formula?
According to this formula, on alternate days, odd and even numbered private cars and two wheelers will only be allowed to run on Delhi roads.
Suppose, on Monday, if even numbered cars will allow to run on the road, then on Tuesday the odd numbers will be. The last digit of the number mentioned on the vehicle’s number plate will be the deciding digit.
However, emergency vehicles like ambulance, fire brigade, police, etc will be spared. This formula was first introduced in Bejing in 2008 ahead of the Olympic Games.
So, this formula seems good, it will reduce the burden on Delhi’s road and finally make this city less pollute. But the question is, is it really gonna help make the city less pollute? Let’s find out.
1-Many people will simply con the rule–
Yup, absolutely true and it will lead to real fiasco. Many Delhites are affluent and they won’t even hesitate to flout the rule. They will simply buy new cars with odd and even numbers so they can use the roads on all day. It will even raise the number of cars and ultimately it will increase the level of pollution.
2-It would be hard to tackle emergency situations-
Although emergency vehicles like ambulance, police and fire brigade will be spared but it won’t solve the real emergency purposes. Just think about a scenario, when you have met with an accident and ambulance in not available and your vehicle have not the desired even or odd number which will be permitted to drive on that particular day. So what will you do? It will be the real mockery of the system.
3-Poor public transport to handle the whole scenario-
The public transportation system of Delhi is extremely poor in terms of quality and efficiency. Many public buses don’t run on time. The even and odd formula will increase the burden on public transport, which will finally add up more confusion and inconvenience which will worsen the situation.
4-Lack of proper Infrastructure to handle this rule-
There are also many infrastructural hurdles in effectively implementing this scheme. The traffic police of Delhi has already opinioned its inability to implement the formula due to lack of manpower and resources. So rather solving situation it will finally create more confusion.
5-Grave Inconvenience and safety concerns-
Professionals like Doctors, lawyers, journalists need to reach their work on time at any how but this formula will leave them in limbo. It will also affect their functioning.
At the same time, many women, senior citizens and disabled persons will be inconvenienced by this step. This formula will also arise many safety questions. The public transport system of Delhi is not safe for women. Crimes in cabs and buses are on rise and we have already witnessed many cases like Nirbhaya and the Uber rape case.
But at the same time we have to look upon the positive side of this formula.
Delhi’s air pollution is deadly and it needs effective solution and for this we have to implement this even and odd formula to less reduce the pollution level.
1-Many examples of successful implementation-
This is not the first time this formula is ever implemented. This formula has been successfully implemented in Beijing and Mexico and met with success. So, why will it not work in Delhi? Just let’s trial and see the effective benefit and gradually implement it permanently.
2-It will increase car pooling-
Commuter can happily opt for car pooling, including government servants and VVIP. It can also be used in case of emergency. Car pooling will solve all the purposes. So what’s the big deal, let’s implement it.
3-It will also increase state revenue-
Yup! by promoting public transportation, the state will also increase revenue in its coffer along with getting rid of toxic pollution. This revenue can be further used to maintain infrastructure and quality of public transport so it could match the expectations of public.
Finally, we can say that, this formula can work well if it is implemented properly in a disciplined and systematic manner with a proper prior travel arrangements. There are compelling reasons to implement this scheme as Delhi badly needs to get rid of its toxic pollution. No scheme is perfect, but effective implementation can make it a viable solution.