To curb the choking levels of pollution in Delhi, the state government has introduced even-odd scheme. Under the scheme, cars with odd-numbered licence plates are allowed on the roads on odd-numbered dates and those with even-numbered plates on the other days.
The Delhi government has claimed that the 15-day restrictions under the even-odd scheme have brought down the level of pollution in Delhi.
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Despite all the censure and public outcry, the scheme was implemented fortnightly and is scheduled to end on Friday. The Supreme Court on Thursday also praised the move for being able to curb the rising levels of toxic air in the city.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has already rejected rumours that it would be extended, saying his government wanted time to assess the impact of the experiment on air quality.
To keep a check on compliance of the scheme, authorities have fined 2,685 errant drivers, though commuters had to face a lot of trouble as it has put even more pressure on the public transport in the national capital.
In order to keep a fair check on how much has Delhi’s air changed, we head out to Delhi and recorded the data being displayed on Lodhi Road.
Below is a comparison of the toxicity of Delhi’s air before and after the implementation of the even-odd scheme:
To give a vivid picture of how successful this scheme has proved to be, News Nation asked the daily commuters what they think about its success, should this rule continue on Delhi roads or not?
Here are the responses:
â€œSee I am not facing any problem being a lady. Others who are facing any problem, not sure about that. I have noticed that the traffic is lesser on the roads. I have not faced any problem so I canâ€™t comment much,â€ said a woman commuter.
â€œI think this (odd-even scheme) should continue. As a citizen of Delhi, I feel very comfortable coming through my car, another day I use Metro or car pooling. I think itâ€™s a very good idea. Trust me, I donâ€™t find any traffic on roads since it has started. So, itâ€™s good, it should continue, I am happy. My entire family, my staff all are happy,â€ Karan Sharma, a CII employee, said.
â€œYes, it should be continued. It will dilute the pollution level. But it should not be continued to a long extent, it should be in a discrete mode. Right now it is for 15-days, it should next continue after 2 weeks,â€ Shobhit, another commuter, said.
â€œYes, it should continue. I am very happy about it, there is no road congestion now. Pollution level has come down. The measures taken by the government should continue,â€ said HS Gill, a government employee.
â€œThe idea is good because at the end of the day pollution is a major cause of concern. But I just appeal to the government to increase public transport so that people donâ€™t face problems,â€ said Sudhir Verma,â€ who commutes by Metro.
â€œYes this should continue. We have got rid of the traffic woes, thanks to the government initiative. And we feel that the pollution level has also decreased,â€ said Mohan, an auto driver.
â€œNoone is facing traffic problems now. People are reaching home on time. Pollution has decreased. This should continue,â€ said Harish, another auto driver.
â€œTraffic problem has been solved now. The government should further take initiatives for those who are facing problems in public transport due to heavy rush. But this scheme is good and it should continue,â€ said bikers Amar and Ravi.
So, would it's continuance prove the drastic worth of it or not? What do you think? Delhi's air is one of the filthiest in the world, what's your take on this? Considering the health hazards, is it enough to cease this menace of pollution in Delhi?
Photo credits: Pradip Kumar Srivastava