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Delhi to restrict private vehicle usage based on registration numbers to curb pollution

Delhi pollution traffic rationing

If enforced strictly, the new rule will ensure that over 2 million cars would stay off the road on any given day.

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.


Delhi pollution is expected to be cut by half if the private vehicles usage is restricted based on their registration numbers.

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.

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Nithyanandh Karuppaswamy

Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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