In what is considered to be a controversial move, the Delhi government has suggested that private vehicles with odd and even registration numbers should be kept off the Delhi roads on alternate days. This proposal took shape at the emergency meeting called by state’s chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The rule is expected to be enforced from January 2016 and will not apply to taxis, public transport vehicles, CNG buses and auto rickshaws but vehicles entering Delhi from other states should comply with it. With this move, the Delhi government is hoping to cut the vehicular pollution in the state by half. If implemented strictly, the even, odd registration numbers rule will also result in reducing traffic congestion significantly.
However, from the vehicle users’ point of view, this would mean a very inconvenient paradigm shift in their commuting routine. On the positive side, the concept of car pooling and public transport would gain more traction, thus improving efficiency of transportation in general. It remains to be seen if the Delhi’s mass transit system is suitably equipped to handle the sudden increase in the number of users due to the new rule.
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Though similar road space rationing rules are being adopted by several top metros in the world, it would be challenging for the Delhi government to implement it considering that traffic rule violation is prevalent. The state government has also announced a web application for road users to report over polluting vehicles.