The effectiveness of NCR’s Odd-Even rule in curbing pollution and enabling traffic decongestion has always been a debatable subject. The new vehicle registration trend at Noida RTO strongly indicates that the vehicle rationing is not going to be a sustainable solution.
A Times Of India report says that new vehicles registration at Noida RTO witnessed a sharp rise in both January and April 2016 – the months of odd-even rule implementation. Private car registrations in January 2016 stood at 1,887 units as against December 2015’s tally of 1,614 units which is a rise of 17%. However, the registrations dropped back to 1,572 units in February and continued flat in March with a figure of 1,576 units.
After a two month gap, the Delhi government announced the implementation of odd-even rule in the NCR again in April. As per the stats, 712 private four-wheelers were registered at Noida RTO in the first 10 days of the month. If the same rate continues, the transport office would end this month with a volume of 2,136 units which represents a MoM growth of 36%. The odd-even rule has also resulted in increased sales of two-wheelers as well.
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This pattern clearly indicates that the Noida residents are coming forward to buy an extra car to beat the system. Since most of them commute to Delhi or Gurgaon for work on a daily basis, having two cars – one with even and other with odd registration number – makes sense. We think, a strong push to promote sales of hybrid and electric vehicles would be a more sustainable solution to keep Delhi’s vehicular pollution in check.