Delhi Government has come up with an innovative idea to curb pollution in the city. Allowing vehicles with odd numbers and even numbers on alternate days. Some people see this as a radical step and are hailing it. I can do nothing but pity the intelligence of such people. There are multiple points where this policy is bound to fail. I hope the Government is ready
Circumventions- People will surely try to circumvent to law and buy a cheap low quality car with alternative number plate to drive every day. This proves to be more deadly than present circumstances. Lucy Saddler who run a Low emissions Zone Website in Europe says that drivers inevitably circumvent restrictions by buying cheap, inefficient cars with opposing number plates. This means this scheme has had an adverse effect on air quality in the long run.So people will circumvent the law and create a bigger problem than the one in hand.
Another provision of the law is that cars from other state are out of the ambit of the law. This is where its designed to shift blame. People will start getting their cars registered from UP or Haryana and drive in Delhi. Then AAP will say other state commuters are responsible. We are not responsible. Classic Kejriwal politics.
Public transport is not that good- From my 4 month stay in Delhi, one thing that I have come to know is that the public transport is not good enough to bear the burden. DTC is overcrowded and not frequent enough, and Metro is not everywhere.Also the problem with metro is that is you want to go from Maharani Bagh to Noida, you first need to go to Govindpuri and from there all the way to Noida via Mayur Vihar. It takes double the time you would take in a private vehicle. So again its flawed.
Late Night Problems- There is no public transportation in Delhi after 12 am. So for late nighters and for students who work part time or stay back in their institutes for some reason will have to rely on Cabs. Now not everyone can afford cabs everyday. And also if someone has a night shift so which number would he fall in? Going to office on an odd day and coming back on even day. At around 3 or 4 when night shifts get over there is no public transportation. So again Cab every day.
Analyzing it, we see this policy has too many flaws. Will this work? Hope it does. But my gut feeling says it won’t. Lets see what time has in its folds.