Yes, it was a great day for Delhi. For once, the traffic was less – REAL less.
But January 1, 2016, when Delhi implemented its ambitious odd-even policy to curb vehicular pollution, was not a great day for one unnamed man.
On this historic day, the driver of a car with a registration number ending in 2 – an even number – was fined the stipulated Rs.2,000 for driving on an Odd day.
But he did not intend to break the rule, it appears. Captured be the media on TV, the driver is heard saying that he had no option but to take his car out because of an emergency work at office.
He could not hire a taxi, he claimed, because there was no transportation facility from his residence near the intersection between Noida and Greater Noida to his office.
PTI reports that the man was caught at the ITO junction at around 8:30 am. The offender became a star.
The plan is in force till January 15. But has the plan helped in the lowering of Delhi’s air pollution levels? Perhaps no, as this real-time index of PM2.0 level shows.
According to experts, the air-quality levels will take time to improve. One expert told news agency IANS that the fact that women-only vehicles, two-wheelers, commercial taxis have been exempted from this policy leaves out only a very small fraction of the cars.
Cars account for around a third of all of Delhi’s vehicles.