New Delhi : The odd-even scheme may soon mark its second phase, revealed Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday.
While speaking with the reporters here, Rai said that the final decision in regards to the second phase will be taken after January 18 meeting, where AAP will review the performance of the scheme and results obtained from it. The meeting will be headed by the Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal himself.
But was the experiment really successful?
The Delhi government's odd-even formula to manage the traffic and curb pollution was massively reviewed and discussed, after 13 days of its implementation the experiment to tackle the two seemingly intractable problems was ostentatiously labeled as a huge success by the government. But the stats beg to differ.
The latest data reveals that there has been a drop in Particulate Matter (P.M.) 2.5 after the rolling out of the odd-even rule.
However, these figures still linger on the levels that are nowhere near to international safety standards.
According to experts, Odd-even formula is not the only thing that Delhi needs.
The most recent study by IIT-Kanpur attributes that in winters, 46% particulate emission to the trucks, and 33% to the two wheelers. The Four wheelers trailed behind at 10%, followed by buses (5%) and Light Commercial Vehicles (4%). But in summer, the four top contributors of PM 10 are road dust, concrete batching plants, industrial point sources and vehicles. The top four contributors for PM 2.5 are dust, vehicles, domestic fuel burning and industrial pollution, the results of the study showed.
Government need to find a way to tackle all these causes of pollution.
Thus, the government is required to look beyond this rule.
Here are few suggestions:
There is an essential need for a behavioral shift in the attitude of Delhiites. The vehicle ownership has become associated with class, wealth and prestige in Delhi. The symbolism of owning multiple cars by each household as a status quo, has to be shunned down. The attitude change should be in the direction of more use of the public transport and car pooling.
The government will have to make rules to disincentivise the car ownership.
Another behavioral change should be in the notion that people must work from the office. With the advancement of technology and penetration of the internet, employees and offices have the freedom to dispel this tradition. This step will be a significant decision in the strategy of managing the traffic.