The odd even experiment in delhi

Shaurya Singh., Sanjeev Agarwal., Sanghita Roy Chaudhary and Pammi Gauba

Delhi, the capital of India is always in the limelight, be it anything food, history, monuments, politics, crime, etc. Since last few years the capital is always in the headlines because of its poor air quality. Delhi is among the world’s most polluted cities. Nowadays people are talking more about the air pollution in the city as compared to its culture and heritage. As a result of this the Delhi government took an initiative to clean up the cities air by bringing out the Odd-Even Rule.

According to this rule, all the private vehicles (including all two-wheelers and four-wheelers) were only allowed to run on the roads of Delhi according to their enrollment numbers. The odd- even rule was implemented twice in Delhi once during winter’s (1st -15th January, 2016) and once in summer’s (15th -30th April, 2016).

In this study the two phases of the odd-even rule are studied, compared and evaluated thoroughly. Results show that odd-even is not a long run strategy to be used for pollution control. It can be helpful for a shorter duration by reducing congestion, traffic jams, diverting people to use public transport but cannot clean the capital’s air.

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