The Feasibility Of Odd-Even Car Rule & What Happened When Beijing Forced 5M Cars To Run On Alternate Days

The Logical Indian

December 7th, 2015 / 5:15 PM

[The featured image that is used in this post is not current and has been sourced from CNN, however the facts are true and are of August,2015 sourced from latimes. We regret for not properly communicating properly and leading to confusion and misunderstanding. We have also updated the title as it was slightly misleading]

The feasibility of “Odd-Even Number Plate Car Policy”

It is definitely an unconventional step by the Delhi government and it may be inconvenient to us in some ways. These kind of policies are implemented in developed cities around the world for a short period of time, till the pollution levels come down. Even in countries like US, Australia and New Zealand concepts like HOV lanes exist which is a restricted traffic lane reserved at peak travel times for the exclusive use of vehicles with a driver and one or more co-passengers.

Similarly, Delhi government has proposed that Odd-Even Number Plate Car Policy will be initially implemented for 10-15 days and then a review will be taken. If citizens find it very much inconvenient, Delhi government will scrap it.

This policy has worked in Sao Paulo and Beijing but it might fail in our country, but we must cooperate with the govt. and help them find solutions to curb traffic and air pollution. Even if we have to compromise, we should try to support decisions that would make our lives better in long term. Beijing being one of the most busiest city, can be a benchmark for Delhi in terms of infrastructure requirements and implementing “Odd-Even Number Plate Car Policy”.

5 million cars were forced to drive on alternating days in Beijing, here is the impact. For the first times they were able to see blue sky in ages.

According to latimes, In the two-week run-up to a military parade in Beijing on Thursday — a massive spectacle to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in World War II — the Chinese capital’s notoriously polluted sky was an azure blue.

Screenshot_9Image credits:  Steven J.
Screenshot_10Image credits: theatlantic
  • On August 20th, for next 15 days, Beijing put restrictions on factory production and car use. Five million cars were forced to drive on alternating days.
  • Officials cleaned up Beijing’s air in advance of the parade by suspending or restricting the operations of 12,255 coal-burning boilers, factories and cement-mixing stations scattered among seven provinces. About 5,700 of the enterprises were in Beijing and in Hebei province, which surrounds the city.
  • 90% of the Beijing residents didn’t find the restriction inconvenient as it would make their lives better
  • During the ban, Beijing’s average levels of PM (particulate matter) dropped by 73.2% compared to the last year.
  • 40,000 construction sites in and around Beijing were also shut down for the duration

The Delhi government has to be first clear out the doubts over how they are going to implement this policy and built an infrastructure so that it doesn’t turn into a nightmare for the citizens. Carpooling is what commuters could stress on to save the fuel and reduce traffic. Everyone of us has to realise that we need to make changes in our lifestyle and attitude of not giving damn to the environment. The damage we have done to the environment has reached to an irreversible level. If we don’t change ourselves soon, it will be too late.

Also Read: The Logical Indian’s Outlook On Overall Issue Of Air Pollution In Delhi & Odd-Even Car Rule


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