Delhi Government’s odd-even plan for reducing pollution gets the approval of Chief Justice of India. The model is already being tested in Jind, Haryana from the December 1.
Delhi Government on Friday announced that it will implement an odd-even plan on a pilot basis from January 1. According to this plan, vehicles with even number at the end of their registration number can be driven on one day and the vehicles with odd number on the other day. So private cars can be driven on alternate days. This plan is aimed to reduce the air pollution. However, it needs some clearances before being implemented.
The Chief Justice of India TS Thakur has showed a green flag to the plan. “Judges have no problem with the odd-even formula of the Delhi government,” Chief Justice said on Sunday.”It is the minimum we should do to save the city,” he added. So, the Delhi Government’s odd-even plan gets a strong support from the Supreme Court. If other agencies also support the movement, Delhi will see about 50% less traffic since January 1.
While we are talking about the Delhi plan, a town in Haryana called Jind has already implemented the plan for Auto Rikshaws. This plan was implemented on December 1 in Jind. The town with a population of 1.5 lakhs was facing a traffic congestion problem due to the 2,000 auto rikshaws.
But, everything seems to have changed in just six days after the implementation. The traffic jams are much less and the locals claim to feel the pollution level going down. However, the Government does not have sufficient resources to measure the change. The auto drivers also admit that their income has increased up to 50% due to the reduced competition. However, they are still upset with the plan and doubt its long term effectiveness.
The effects seen in Jind are encouraging. It proves that the plan can be implemented in Delhi too. But, Delhi’s plan will affect 2 million private cars. So the people leaving their cars at their home will obviously go for a public transport. Hence, the Government will have to arrange public transport for the new commuters before implementing the odd-even plan.