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Hit or miss? Has Delhi’s odd even scheme been able to curb pollution?
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Hit or miss? Has Delhi’s odd even scheme been able to curb pollution?

How much of an impact do you think odd even rule has had on the Delhi air?

Rishabh Pachory

Rishabh Pachory

Over the past few days, the entire National Capital has been in turmoil due to the dreary situation of air quality. Amidst a lot of uproar and several questions, the hotly anticipated odd even rule finally hit the streets of Delhi earlier this week.

While the scheme has reaped largely beneficial results in the past, it has only been a temporary measure. This year, the pollution is rampant, and much worse than before. Today, we take a look at how much of an impact the implementation of the odd even rule has had on Delhi's air this year.

Hit or miss? Has Delhi’s odd even scheme been able to curb pollution?

What's the update?

You might have heard a few things about how the odd even scheme is not well implemented, or how the benefits that it reaps aren't all that great. This time however, we are seeing a change in people's mindsets. Though there are those who oppose it, the followers have increased.

On the third day of the odd even rule, a high compliance rate was seen in Delhi. Even though traffic police members were not many in number, people felt the need for a change from within and are now complying with the rule.

What about the Air Quality?

Coming to the main reason why odd even rule was implemented- to curb pollution, it is clear that though the results as of now are not drastic, they have taken a turn for the better. In Delhi, the AQI has dipped to the lowest this month and currently stands at the 'poor' section of of the index.

Hit or miss? Has Delhi’s odd even scheme been able to curb pollution?

This is something that brings a sigh of relief to upon us. Yesterday, the AQI was recorded at 214, which is a stark decline from 4th November's figure of 494. During Diwali, the AQI was seen to be at 337, after which the pollution rose steadily for a while before finally dropping substantially when the odd even scheme was put into place.

This dip in the AQI is not just because of the odd even rule, but there are natural forces at play here as well. One of the main factor happens to be the strong winds which have helped take away the PM 2.5 particulate from the atmosphere.

File photo
File photo

At any rate, we can say that the odd even rule is certainly playing a major role because many commuters are opting for buses, metros and other types of public transport, rather than flouting rules and getting their own vehicles out.

Knock Knock

With the recent skepticism surrounding the odd even rule, it can be easily dismissed as a non-performing move. However, the dip in the AQI suggests otherwise and apart from just bringing the atmospheric pollution down, it is also helping people commute easily. The results clearly show that the move has brought about a change and we're completely rooting for it.