Odd-Even Delhi The much-talked-about “odd-even policy” introduced by the Government of Delhi for only 15 days on the date of commencement of the year 2016 is likely to be reintroduced. It has been gleaned from volumes of surveys that the people of Delhi want to bring this rule back in the Capital. After receiving positive responses tremendously from Delhiites, this rule is going to be imposed again for 15 days from 15th April 2016. There are certain changes that have been made to the pilot project, but women and two-wheelers will still remain exempted from the restrictions under the said policy. Although the judges and other VIPs are already exempted under the scheme, they had earlier supported it voluntarily and are expected to do the same again. It must be noted that the scheme became a success not because of the reduction in pollution level, but for a reason that it paved the way for convenient traffic on the roads of Delhi.
In order to curb the rising level of pollution, the government needs to keep a check on other areas too. This scheme needs certain ancillary projects to make it better and better again. The same policy has failed its credibility in many foreign cities because of the poor monitoring system and lack of support from the citizens. It encouraged them to buy new cars to comply with the ‘opposite’. The problem in Delhi’s version of “odd-even policy” is that it does not act as an instrument for lowering down the pollution level in true sense. The scheme requires proper implementation along with smooth public transport facilities. However, one should not overlook the other factors involved in causing a high level of pollution level in Delhi such as mismanagement of discharging industrial wastes into the surroundings in form of solid, liquid or gas, respectively. To meet the objectives of this policy there is a need for the execution of a comprehensive plan. HIGHLIGHTS OF COMPANIES
Another issue that the scheme had earlier encountered is the exemption given to women. The exemption would be a futile as Delhi government has yet to implement its proposed measures regarding the safety of women which it promised last year after coming into power. With the introduction of this policy, the government is also required to ensure other modes of conveyance safe and secured for the women. Several political analysts urged that giving exemption to women on one side and not ensuring safety and security of them on the other would always bring into question the whole purpose of ‘gender equality’ as due to non-implementation of the measures by the government, it is men who would deprive of their natural justice. However, it shows that people are not aware of the concept of “natural justice” which literally means that justice needs to be given by looking at the very nature of the substance.
Besides several inconveniences to the people, it is expected that this scheme would overcome all the loopholes and emerge as a great success and thereby, proving itself to be a considerable step to meet the sole objective towards environmental protection.