Delhi’s Odd-Even Traffic Rule Kicks Off Jan 1 To Curb Pollution
Indian capital Delhi has launched major restrictions on private cars to clean the city’s toxic air. As per order by the state government, only odd numbered cars are allowed Friday, January 1. Violating the rules will cost Rs 2,000.
The odd-even formula is on a two-week-long experimental period for 12 hours on business days between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with some exceptions like fire engines, ambulances, police, CNG vehicles, and taxis.
This winter the city has experienced hazardous levels of air pollution and the new traffic scheme comes after a court order to tackle pollution levels more than ten times the safe limits of WHO.
The Delhi government has hired about 3,000 private buses to ease extra pressure on public transport network. Until January 15 the city schools have been shut too and the school buses too have been used in the public transport.
Additional policemen and volunteers have been deployed too on the roads to keep a check the new traffic rule is followed.
Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said, “The biggest challenge is to make people realise that this fight against pollution is for them, for their health, for their own good.”
Meanwhile, critics have said the plan is not practical as the city is suffering from inadequate public transport system and the measures to be inconvenience to commuters.