The much-debated and discussed odd-even rule by the Delhi government took off on 1 January 2016 and ended on 15 January 2016. Under the rule, private cars with odd-numbered registration plates were allowed to ply on odd dates and those with even-numbered registration plates on even dates. The measure was enforced to control vehicular pollution that contributes to heavy smog and bad air quality in the national capital.
The phase 1 of this rule succeeded to a great extent, resulting in reduction of pollution levels and reducing the heavy traffic which is a usual scenario in the capital.
From exempting women & two wheelers to implementing the rule for 15 days, the AAP Party received both appreciation and criticism from across the country.
However, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, along with his party, implemented this idea, without worrying as to what would be the consequent results. From 1 January to 15 January, Delhi could be seen like never before. Volunteers holding placards at all corners, traffic police on duty, overcrowded metros and both glad & frustrated people. The 1st half of January had it all.
It was a quite astonishing to see Delhiites cooperate with the govt. to such a great level, proving that Delhi is indeed “Dilwalon Ki Delhi”.
The Delhi government is now holding review meeting wherein they will decide whether this policy will have a second phase in which, women and two wheelers are expected not to be exempted following the success of the previous one
Undoubtedly, the odd even rule succeeded to a great level, giving the capital a new look and giving a new hope for making Delhi environment much more greener & safer.
Although not perfectly implemented & having certain flaws, the phase 1 of the odd-even rule implemented in Delhi, set a huge example across India, providing a good solution to solve the problems of pollution & traffic.
This hugely reflects in the fact that Mumbai, a city known for having its own glamour & stardom, is now looking forward to implement the odd-even rule to solve its problem of traffic.