Introduction of Delhi’s Odd-Even rule to bring pollution levels down has not found favor with Maruti Suzuki India Ltd Chairman, RC Bhargava. Such rules are not really helpful in reducing pollution.
Referring to the Government plan to curb pollution, Bhargava draws attention to the report issued by Indian Institute of technology – Delhi, which cites the location of Delhi being in close proximity to the desert while pollution is also the result of the industrial smoke.
Cars only contribute 2 percent to Delhi’s pollution. Criticizing the rule, Bhargava puts into focus the fact that the there are over 5.5 million two-wheelers in Delhi which are exempted from the ban, even though they emit more pollution. In addition to this, the older diesel vehicles are also not being banned, which spew 5.5 times more pollutants than BS IV compliant cars.
Delhi’s Odd-Even Scheme has come under attack from various fronts with the Members of Parliament also alleging that the new traffic scheme has caused more inconvenience than it has reduced pollution.
Many argue that the rule at least reduces vehicle traffic from city roads by 50%. In reality, that is also not true. Those from affluent sections of society, own multiple cars and thus easily get around the odd-even rule. The salaried upper class would opt for the use of a taxi instead. Those car owners in the lower classes of the society, would use their two-wheelers instead, thus causing more pollution.