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Sumit Kumar, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
The fifteen day trail of odd even vehicle plan by the Delhi government recently came to an end with Arvind Kerjiwal appealing the public to voluntarily keep following the same.
The campaign for Delhi assembly elections started with political parties trying to malign each other’s image but none mentioned about the major issue – the deteriorating condition of air. With National Green Tribunal and Centre for Science and Environment raising the alarm, the state government came into action and devised this odd-even rule to roll out from 1st January for trail.
It’s still dubious to say that the odd even plan was successful in mitigating the air pollution to some extent, with some surveys claiming that it did not affect the figures of air quality at all. Whatever might be the case, the one success achieved was an increased awareness amongst the public about the air they breathe. With Twitter participating along with the government, the campaign showed the seriousness of not only the government, but also the public. This awareness will surely lead to a cleaner Delhi.
Lastly, if the central and Delhi government work in tandem to augment public transport, promote use of cleaner energy and make efforts towards obsoleting the polluting sources, Delhi also can shed the badge of having the worst air quality like Beijing, but we have to make sure this badge does not fall on another Indian city.