We read how some on social media mocked at the concept of alternate number plates. Many of our friends posted articles humourously showing how people might travel in case the rule came into force. We won’t do any of that. But, we add, that the concept is not without its faults.
1. Delhi’s people are rich. They can easily buy a second car with a differently ending registration number.
Emissions will remain the same.
2. The number of cars will only rise when the above happens.
Delhi already has more cars than Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai combined.
3. Delhi’s public transport system is not fully prepared to handle the ginormous increase in commuters.
There are only 3500 DTC buses and around 85,000 autos in Delhi for a population of 2.5 crore. A 2012 report shows that there was only half a bus available for 1,000 people
4. And what will commuters do without cars in such a situation?
5. Since public transport is very limited, expect autos to charge commuters exorbitantly.
6. And think about the day when autos go on strike. Total chaos!
7. Adding more metro trains or routes takes time. And they already run overcrowded at peak hours.
8. Paris, Beijing, and Bogota have experimented with this move. None succeeded in reducing emissions.
(No, Beijing’s state-fed report on pollution CANNOT be trusted. You know why.)
9. What about Amazon, Flipkart and countless food delivery boys? What will happen to the backbone of commerce in the city?
Will they deliver on cycles?
10. Biggest problem is in implementation. Will there not be people circumventing the law? How will they be fined?
So, what do you think should actually be done to check Delhi’s air pollution?