Delhi's odd even scheme aims to decrease vehicular pollution in the national capital
Delhi's pollution is nothing short of miserable and that's not a new thing. Such has been the case over the past several years and during the winters, matters take a turn for the worse.
This time around, the usual post Diwali pollution was also aided by stubble burning in Haryana and Punjab. To combat the air pollution in Delhi, the authorities are finally putting the odd-even scheme in place starting today and we can expect some rewards after a few weeks. However, there are a few nitty-gritties of the scheme that you should know, to help yourself out of trouble.
The odd even scheme will have you feel like you're stranded and trapped in your own house. However, if you do have to go out on the days that odd even is active, you can take the metros, which will be run for an extended period time. Across the entire metro route, there will be 61 more trips than normal.
If you do happen to take out your even numbered vehicle on an odd number day, the consequences will be dire. Almost 3,000 traffic police officials will be give the task of ensuring that rules are followed. Apart from that, there will be 500 additional officials who will be located at 200 areas in Delhi to ensure that everyone takes the atmospheric condition seriously.
As far as fines are concerned, there are some really steep ones that should keep you and other Delhiites on their toes. Upon violation of the rule, one will have to pay ₹4,000, which is a double increase from previous years' odd even scheme.
Though the general idea of the scheme is rather simple, it is best if you have a list of which dates are for which vehicles. As it turns out, this won't be too much of a hassle because the scheme has been very conveniently implemented. On even dated days, even numbered cars can roam the streets, while the opposite is true for all other days. On November 10, however, the scheme will not be in place.
The scheme will be in place for two weeks and the authorities plan to see a 15% decline in pollution levels. Though it seems far fetched, it is something that all Delhiites should strive towards.
Many look upon the odd even rule rather sceptically, but what they're missing is that the rule is very carefully implemented. There are several sections that are exempt from the rule. These happen to be the vehicles of senior government officials, cars driven by women and containing women passengers and children under the age of 12.
Additionally, school vehicles along with electric motor vehicles are also exempt from the odd even rule. Though it should be fairly obvious, emergency vehicles, vehicles owned by the military and defence forces, escort cars and pilot vehicles are all exempt from it.
In the past, the government has highly praised the odd even scheme. Though it is not the ideal solution for Delhi and neither is it a permanent saviour from pollution, it does give Delhiites a temporary relief. With a dip in pollution of about 10 to 12% in the past several years, the rule has been somewhat successful, however, this year, the plan is to have at least a 15% impact on pollution.
With the odd even scheme of 2019, the government seems to be taking things really seriously and for good reason. The pollution levels in Delhi are almost apocalyptic and point towards a fallout like situation. Though this is a temporary move on their part, it is a wonderful step towards creating a cleaner and greener Delhi.