It all started after World Health Organization (WHO) released the list of Top 20 most polluted cities in the World in which our capital, New Delhi stood in first place. After that Delhiwalas are in the dilemma whether to celebrate after knowing their city stood first in the world or should be sad knowing the reason behind the Top position. But the government considered the later and immediately took up a stiff action and introduced odd-even policy in Delhi.
As per Government’s odd-even formula, the vehicles with odd registration numbers can ply in the capital only on odd number days while the vehicles with even registration numbers can ply only on even days.However, sundays are exempted from this rule. This rule will be applied from January 1, 2016, for about 15 days as part of Kejriwal’s pilot project to reduce pollution in the city. This rule will be applicable to all private and commercial vehicles in the Delhi including the ministers and government officials, which should be considered as a bold move.
The NGT (National Green Tribunal), which is waiting for a long time to ban diesel vehicles took this step as a catalyst and immediately ordered a plea to the supreme court to ban all the diesel vehicles in Delhi. India’s top environmental court on Friday i.e 11th December 2015, temporarily banned the sales of diesel vehicles until January 6, 2016, when the next hearing will be done in the court.
Many experts are criticizing this odd even formulas and sudden ban of diesel vehicles as all these steps are just applicable only in short term. People want somewhat concrete plan rather than suddenly stopping them based on their registration numbers. But how far these bans will really reduce the pollution in the city is yet to be known. Government said that DPCC (Delhi Pollution Control Committee) will strictly scrutinize the level of pollution at various points in the capital after the implementation of this odd-even plan. Ultimately, the force of the hammer due to all these bans will be transferred majorly to the Auto Industry. Auto makers are expecting that there would be drastic fall in the sales of diesel vehicles until the ban is removed, as Delhi is the major market in India with almost 12% sales coming from NCR region. On a lighter note it is observed that many delhiites are planning to attend new year party in their odd numbered vehicles.