Odd-and-even number traffic rule for Delhi

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Odd-and-even number traffic rule for Delhi

Postby Going South » Mon Dec 07, 2015 4:16 pm

Odd-and-even number rule: 21 questions for the Delhi government

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Desperate times need desperate measures. With the Delhi High Court blasting the government over its laxity on dealing with the killer pollution levels in Delhi and saying that people in Delhi are living in a ‘gas chamber’, the ruling political party in the nation’s capital has come up with a drastic measure to address the issue of the dangerous levels of pollution.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi has come infor some major criticism from some quarters and for praise from others over itsradical decision to allow private vehicles to be driven in the capital only four times a week from January 1, 2016.
The Delhi government’s drastic decision says that all private vehicles– taxis and auto rickshaws are exempted – with odd-numbered plates (meaningwith the registration number ending in either 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) will be allowed to ply only on Monday, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays, and those with numberplates ending in an even number (2, 4, 6, 8 or 0) can be on Delhi roads only onTuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
This restriction extends to all cars and two-wheelers.
Emergency vehicles, like ambulances, and battery-operated and CNG-poweredprivate vehicles can be driven everyday.
Meanwhile, a public interest litigation challenging the Kejriwalgovernment’s decision has been filed in the high court.
Some people have welcomed the move, including the Chief Justice ofIndia, some television channels, many environmentalist groups and scientists.Their belief is that this is can be and should be done if the futuregenerations of Delhiites are to be saved from the horrific effects of extremepollution.
Some others, including some opposition political parties, have calledit a gimmick, saying that since this is a move that is bound to fail it isbeing done only to please the court and lay the blame at the doorstep ofsomeone else, like the Central government.
Even the Delhi citizens, who are going to be directly affected by thisdrastic move, are a divided lot: most believe that this is a ‘knee-jerkreaction’ and will create major chaos in the capital since the public transportsystem is not robust enough.
Others feel that the AAP government should be given a chance to see ifthis works.
However, there are many questions that people have on their mindregarding the odd-and-even number move of the Delhi government.
Kejriwal believes that if cars and two-wheelers are allowed to ply only on alternate days, the number of private vehicles on the road will be halvedthus causing less traffic jams and ultimately resulted in reducing emission ofgases, mainly carbon monoxide.
Delhi’s public transport infrastructure is pathetic: it does not haveenough buses or taxis or auto rickshaws; neither does the Delhi Metro have thecapacity to accommodate all those who will pour on to the streets owing to theodd-and-even number restriction.
Even if the government increases the number of bogies in the metrotrains, the metro connectivity isn’t widespread in Delhi: many people livemiles away from the nearest metro station.
Buses in Delhi barely run on time, although the government feels thatwith fewer cars on the roads, space will open up for buses and thus they willnot only be punctual but also be able to make more trips.
Delhi’s 85,000-odd auto-rickshaw drivers are not exactly the kind ofgentry people want to deal with while they are on their way to work or home.Very aggressive and given to overcharging to begin with, the support they havereceived from Kejriwal have only emboldened them further.
If this formula works in Delhi, be certain that other cities in thecountry will adopt it, but do we have answers to the following questions before we put people to more inconvenience:
1. Will this not lead to people buying more cars and two-wheelers with numberplates of odd and even numbers both so as to be mobile everyday, thereby defeating the purpose of the exercise?
2. How will an extra 10 lakh-odd people travel to work and back when the existing public transport infrastructure cannot even handle the current rush?
3. Will the government press into service enough buses to avoid peoplefrom being unable to reach their work places? Although the government says, andwe believe it, bring in extra 10,000 buses, that won’t happen from Jan 1, 2016.It might well not happen till Jan 2017 or 2018. Essentially the government issaying this is the price you will have to pay.
4. Will not this give Delhi’s infamous auto-rickshaw drivers a free rein?
5. Will not private taxis increase their rates as now they have the commonman in a corner?
6. What happens when after midnight when you car suddenly becomes an illegal vehicle on the road?
Consider this: I have an odd-numbered plate. It is ‘even’ day today. I am faced with a medical emergency at home and need to rush a close relative tothe hospital. No cabs are available. What do I do?
7. Why were not people taken into confidence before taking this dictatorial decision?
8. Is it being done only to appease the Supreme Court and to again getinto a confrontational mode with the central government?
9. Is it being done to help AAP’s vote bank: name, the auto-rickshawdrivers?
10. Since vehicles cannot ply on half the days a year, will government return or reduce the road tax?
11. Other countries tried it, but failed. Did AAP do research?
12. How will the government check the rich from buying more vehicles tobeat this rule?
13. Who will monitor the cops who will accept bribes to let me violate therule?
14. How will the traffic policemen catch violators of this rule during peak hours?
15. Why not discuss the issue with the police and transport departments first instead of unilaterally taking a decision that you don’t have to implement?
16. Why not impose high congestion tax in certain areas of Delhi that arealways heavily congested?
17. Why not enforce parking restrictions in most places, or charge a veryheavy fee for parking?
18. Why, instead, doesn’t the government incentivise car-pooling?
19. How will the authorities be able to stop them from fleecing passengers, especially now that they have half the commuting public at their mercy?
20. How many cars or two-wheelrs that violate the rule will the police be able to halt and extract fines from? Will not this cause more chaos on the roads?
21. It is the traffic policeman on the road who will have to catch the culprits: are we not making it impossible for him to do so? Or are we not luring him to be corrupt?
Similar experiments have been tried out without much success in variouscities around the world: Paris, Bogota, Mexico City… In Beijing, too, theChinese government has introduced such a rule since the 2008 Olympics, andwhile they have managed to be show quite a lot of success, it is mainly becauseof the superb infrastructure that the city has. Delhi lacks that sorely.
Whatever the outcome of the petition and the protest against this move,it is something that the Delhi folks are waiting with bated breath for.

Source:yahoo news

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Odd-and-even number traffic rule for Delhi

Postby Going South » Mon Dec 07, 2015 4:18 pm

I came to know that some folks bought two economy cars instead of one luxury car so that they can drive every day.

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Re: Odd-and-even number traffic rule for Delhi

Postby TedWard » Tue Dec 08, 2015 12:10 am

Air pollution is a topic I find interesting and if I had more time would post more.

Interesting to see at the same time as this, Beijing has issued its first pollution red alert and largely shut down.

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Re: Odd-and-even number traffic rule for Delhi

Postby raja » Tue Dec 08, 2015 6:18 am

Without good public transport as an alternative, this is not going to work.

Yes, some people will ALWAYS drive but there are others (a very large number) who drive, not because they enjoy it or for status, but just because there isn't a good enough alternative. Most people do not exactly enjoy driving in Delhi's traffic, anyway. :-)

For women, safety is a big issue.

Ideally, there should be feeder services near metro stations - with good frequency, covering a radius of say, 3 km around the station. That way, you don't depend on autos (which are a nightmare to transact with).

The pollution scene seems to be very scary. Recently the court (High Court or SC, not sure) called Delhi a gas chamber.

Kejriwal himself said his govt was working on a longer-term timeframe but due to the emergency situation that has developed, he has had to fast-track things.

He also said, that if, after working out details and listening to public opinion, this odd-even doesn't seem to be feasible, he has no problem dropping the idea. (Something this article above doesn't mention at all).

There is also a slew of other measures being adopted by the Delhi Govt. This is just one of the proposals. Suggestions are welcome, so it is far from being a fait accompli.

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Re: Odd-and-even number traffic rule for Delhi

Postby Katto » Tue Dec 08, 2015 7:03 am

My mother was in Delhi last week. The place is total chaos, and nobody obeys traffic rules as they have nowhere near enough police to enforce them.
So whats the point of this measure?

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Re: Odd-and-even number traffic rule for Delhi

Postby raja » Tue Dec 08, 2015 12:49 pm

Katto wrote:My mother was in Delhi last week. The place is total chaos, and nobody obeys traffic rules as they have nowhere near enough police to enforce them.
So whats the point of this measure?


That applies to the whole of India :-) . The pollution problem is different.
I think it is caused by BCCI. Not figured out how but will find a link somehow.

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Re: Odd-and-even number traffic rule for Delhi

Postby raja » Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:57 am

I remember seeing a comment after mine.
Looks like it's been deleted.

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Re: Odd-and-even number traffic rule for Delhi

Postby raja » Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:22 pm