Odd Even Policy in Delhi

Delhi is nowadays going through a tough phase, which everyone is aware of except those are living in an isolated and remote island or cave. The authorities have abruptly risen from their sleep and have declared strict laws to be formulated, which are not easy to put to practice in a city like Delhi with so much population. I believe, measures should have been taken much before, but at the same time the efforts must be appreciated.

Those who are wondering what it’s all about, the Delhi government has declared that due to the rising pollution in the city which has crossed the danger mark, the vehicles with odd-numbered plate will be commuting on odd days and same goes with the vehicles carrying even-numbered plate. This will be carried on as an experimental solution from 1st January to 15th January, between 8 am to 8 pm. Apart from this, there has also been a ban on registration of vehicles that are fitted with diesel engine that displaces more than 2,000 cc.

As we all know that tomorrow is the big day that marks the implementation of odd even policy, we are bound to take a close look at the situation and evaluate the after effects on the Delhiites. The pollution level in the country’s capital has crossed the alarming stage and if not addressed immediately, the conditions will get worse. Undoubtedly, we need to thank Mr Arvind Kejriwal for coming up with such a unique remedy for the problem. Though, the implementability of the notion carries a big question mark with itself, yet there is a hope that at least the pollution will be curbed to some extent in the process.

Since, there are always two sides of each coin, let’s not engage ourselves in criticizing the government for the policy. Rather, let’s evaluate the whole issue with its negative and positive aspects so as to understand what other alternatives can be adopted with minimum inconvenience and maximum results.

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Positive Aspects

In many ways, the new law is going to have some positive effects not only on the environment, but also on the daily lives of people. These can be explained below:

  • Despite the complexity associated with the implementation of the odd even policy, the number of vehicles will be reduced to a large extent. This will surely reduce the pollution to a great extent.
  • Declarations about the rising pollution have somewhat informed the citizens that they need to make efforts in order to address the situation. It’s unfortunate that we don’t feel responsible for anything until we are forced to bear some inconvenience.
  • It’s a possibility that in order to control pollution, other states may also come up with a similar strategy so as to avoid the last minute chaos, which Delhi is going through currently.
  • The reduced number of vehicles on the roads won’t solely affect the environment but will also help in smoothening the traffic. This could lead to less traffic jams and easy commuting.

Negative Aspects

Undoubtedly, the negative aspects are loud and clear, which every Delhiite commuter can relate to. These are mentioned as follows:

  • There are so many vehicles on the roads that it won’t be easy to monitor all of them and check whether all are abiding by the odd even rule or not. If the implementation is nor carried properly, it may not lead to any result.
  • People may opt for various number plates so that they are able to roll out their cars on road everyday.
  • Those who can afford to keep two cars, will try to buy 2 for each day. This will lead to even more traffic and pollution will rise rather than going down.
  • It is not justified to rely merely on vehicles to control pollution and that too only private ones. It’s like coming up with a solution, but not the right one.
  • When people will depend more on public transport, there will be a lot of crowd in metros and buses. It’s very important to make sure that before implementing the policy, the alternate means of transport is ready to accommodate the crowd.
  • Though, government has declared to start new bus services from Delhi to Noida and Gurgaon, this would only mean more pollution and all the efforts to curb pollution will go in vain.


It has never been and never will be the sole responsibility of any one person to handle a situation which affects all of us equally. Rather than blaming the authorities or government bodies, we as a citizen should realise our moral and social responsibility and tackle the situation with joint efforts. Although the odd even policy is not accurate and practical enough, the underlying fact is that pollution is created by humans and thus it’s logical that only humans are responsible to solve this problem.