The Odd-Even scheme prepared by Delhi Government
The Odd-Even scheme prepared by Delhi government within the first week of January had the primary purpose of reducing pollution and emissions. It is a fact that the number of cars, buses, and other public transports have increased to a great extent. This is a major cause of pollution not only in Delhi, but throughout the country. The excessive emissions from cars, buses and bikes have caused ozone layer depletion, which in turn, has brought about abnormal changes in weather conditions. The step of Delhi Government to reduce these emissions and pollution level was initially thought to be an effective idea under which even number plated cars would run on even dates while odd number of cars would run on odd dates. Delhi has been noted as one of the most polluted city in the world.
The initial phase of Odd-Even concept
The idea was good initially because, it made driving on the streets of Delhi easier considering the fact that Delhi does have many wide streets which is lost in the usual rush at any given hours. With collection of air sample from this city, it was concluded that the air pollution level were high within the last two weeks when odd and even schemes were implemented. The increase in pollution level was due to the increment within the number of vehicles like taxis, private buses and two wheelers within these odd even scheme days. At the same time, number of private cars on road did not reduce as expected, but congestion on the streets was less in comparison to the previous weeks. Thus, the idea was good initially, considering the lesser congestion, but with the pollution and emissions levels not at all decreasing, the concept of odd-even scheme cannot be said to be an effective one.
The second phase of Odd-Even concept
The Delhi Government has been planning on formatting a next phase of Odd-Even scheme after the completion of CBSE Board examinations in March-April that will include two wheelers in that scheme. It is a fact that the average congestion rate at the initial time of Odd-Even scheme was reduced at a considerable extent and that is the reason the government is much more focused on how to reduce the pollution and emission levels with the implementation of this scheme. It has not yet been decided that whether the women drivers shall be included within the purview of this scheme.
Another objective of this scheme was to educate people regarding the alarming pollution levels within national capital and the new phase of this scheme might be a success with the help of transport department, Delhi traffic police and civil defense. With the previous phase of this Odd-Even scheme, a certain portion of Delhi inhabitants opted for car pooling and various other means of public transport. 3000 additional buses were arranged by government and also Delhi metro increased the number of trips. The final date of implementation of Odd-Even scheme shall be announced soon.