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Palash Sinha, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government’s ‘Odd-even’ rule is back in its second innings. The odd-even rule will be applicable from today i.e. April 15 and will last till April 30. Under this scheme vehicles are allowed to run across the city based on their registration numbers. For example, if a vehicle’s registration number ends with an odd digit, it will be allowed on the road on April 15, while those ending with an even number can be driven on April 16, and so on. This odd-even concept is adopted from Beijing which employed this system in 2008 just before the summer Olympics.
Though there are several restrictions school children in uniform will be exempted from the ‘Odd-even rule’ in this second phase. Arvind Kejriwal-led govt. has exempted women from the odd-even rule in its first phase that continues to be the same this time too.
Studies say that the total amount of pollutants produced by the transport sector is less than 30 per cent and of that cars are less than 20 per cent. So, if you do the calculation, it turns out that particulate matters produced by cars may be around 7 per cent. Even if the scheme is 100 per cent successful, which is unlikely, the quantum of reduction of pollution will be roughly 2-3 per centThough the previous edition was not that successful to curb pollution to great extent, the second version will definitely try to control pollution as well as less traffic will be a respite for the Delhiites.