Whats on your plate. Odd or Even
This New Year the most talked about topic in Delhi will not be whether to party in Hauz Khaz or Gurgoan rather who??s got odd and even. Odd and Even is child??s game no more, it is rather a strategy adopted by Delhi government to fight the voracious pollution level. Delhi??s air quality fares worse than that of Beijing, world??s most polluted city. The weather man forecasts the air quality very poor to severe daily. Google cards reads smoke constantly with seldom days of clear sky. The odd and even strategy is adopted in accordance with other measures such as shutting down of two thermal power plants, imposing a complete ban and levying a heavy fine on burning of waste. Here are some key points about the whole scheme that may come handy. ? As per the guidelines set by the ruling government private vehicles with odd registration number (the last digit of number plate reads 1, 3, 5, 7, 9) will run on Mondays. Wednesdays, Fridays, and even (the digit reading 2, 4, 6, 8,) will run on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays. ? The policy will commence from 1st January. It will be run on an experimental basis for two weeks. It will be in effect from 8 am to 8 pm. ? Women driving alone or accompanied by children under the age of 12, are exempt, as are cars driven by the physically disabled.? Two-wheeled motors, basically motorcycles and scooters, as well as hybrid and electric cars and vans that run on compressed natural gas, will be allowed to drive without restriction. ? A fleet of extra 6,000 buses will run on these days. ? Delhi Metro has increased the frequency of trains running between different stations, with blue line seeing the maximum hike. ? 10,000 volunteers will help the government for successful implementation. You can also spot two wheeler scooties ferrying passengers across, between metro stations.? The move will give a boost to app-based taxi service providers. Meru, Ola, Uber will have carpooling options to help private vehicle owners to give ride to fellow passengers going the same way. The government seems to be taking the issue very seriously, though there are large sections of people who will be exempted under the given policy. The success of the same depends on public cooperation and participation. There are many loop holes and flaws underneath the very policy which have been in limelight and will surface once the policy comes in effect. For example it is being speculated that odd even will eventually lead to either people buying more cars, or making forge number plates. It will cause chaos in the city as the numbers of personals in traffic police are not enough to keep an eye on 2.7 million cars. Keeping all aside we request you to cooperate and help make this successful. Clean Delhi, Safe Delhi.