Come November and the capital city of India, New Delhi, along with the complete NCR region faces severe air pollution. The govt. of Delhi has been trying to combat this serious issue in several ways, one of which is the car rationing system on the roads of Delhi. With air quality index (AQI) rising to 625 on 2nd Nov as against the normal 0-50, the govt decided to re-launch the odd-even car rationing system from 4th-15th Nov 2019. 2000 civil defense volunteers, 465 Delhi traffic police teams, department of transport and revenue were deployed on the opening day and ensured 15 lakh cars stayed off the road on the first day of the campaign. Let us take a detailed look at the campaign to understand better.
All we need to know –
1. The anti pollution scheme says vehicles with last odd digit of its registration number are to be allowed on odd dates and ones with last even digit will move on even dates. It will be implemented from 8 am to 8 pm every day, except Sunday.
2. This plan is relevant for all non-transport four-wheeled vehicles moving on Delhi roads including those coming to the city from other states.
3. Delhi govt. minister’s and CM’s vehicles including private CNG vehicles, 4-wheeled vehicles driven by men, non-good vehicles and MLAs of other states are not exempted.
4. Hiked penalty of Rs 4000 as per the amended Motor Act is to be levied on its violation between the proposed dates. 200 traffic teams consisting of 4 traffic police in each are engaged to look after rule violation and stringent actions.
5. Uber and Ola have been instructed not to surge their prices during the implementation period and ensure maximum availability during peak times.
6. Auto rickshaw drivers are asked to charge as per their meter during this period.
7. The signature-bridge connecting Wazirabad and East Delhi wouldn’t function during this phase.
8. Govt would facilitate public with 2000 additional buses for comfortable commuting in between this scheme.
19. DMRC has been requested to conduct 61 extra trips to ensure smooth commutation during this period.
10. To have a pleasant and hassle free celebration of Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary, it was decided not to have restrictions on 11th and 12th Nov.
11. This rule is also applicable to vehicles with other state’s registration number in Delhi.
12. For the first time Delhi saw staggering office hours of opening timing from 9:30am and 10:30am aimed to lower traffic congestion.
Exemptions from the scheme –
2. Lone women drivers, all women occupied cars and women with children less than 12 years.
3. Vehicles used in medical emergency purposes.
4. Private vehicles transporting school children are excluded on the basis of “trust’.
5. Vehicles of VIPs like President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, State Governors, CJI, Lok Sabha Speaker, Union Ministers, Opposition leaders of both the Houses, Chief ministers of states and union territories, Supreme court Judges, UPSC Chairman, Chief Election Commissioner, CAG, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha, Lieutenant-General of NCT/Delhi, High court Judges, Lokayukta members.
6. Enforcement, defence, parliamentary, embassy and electric vehicles.
7. Vehicles carrying physically disabled persons.
1. It disrupts the fundamental rights of Delhi and adjoining state’s residents.
2. It is not applicable for two-wheelers.
3. Delhi air quality data confirmed that the scheme didn’t help much in improving the air quality.
4. It encouraged gender discrimination.
Chicago university research report says that previous implementation had successfully reduced pollution by 15%. However, since pollution has reached dangerous levels this year, this scheme is not enough and a lot more drastic measures need to be taken, Every individual should make an effort. And gradually the problem will cease.