1. Odd-even plan in Delhi: National Capital beats the odds on first day of New Year

Odd-even plan in Delhi: National Capital beats the odds on first day of New Year

Delhi today witnessed introduction of the odd-even scheme, an unprecedented anti-pollution measure in India's history, that led to major cut in volume of cars on the city's streets...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: January 1, 2016 9:00 PM
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Odd-even plan in Delhi: As the clock ticked eight, the odd- even vehicular restriction policy of the Delhi government came into effect today with thousands of volunteers taking to the streets to assist traffic police in enforcing the pilot plan that will stay in force in the national capital till January 15. (PTI)

Delhi today witnessed introduction of the odd-even scheme, an unprecedented anti-pollution measure in India’s history, that led to major cut in volume of cars on the city’s streets with AAP government claiming that the radical initiative has received widespread acceptance.

As the clock struck eight in the morning, the restriction on plying of private cars came into effect with thousands of traffic police personnel and government officials assisted by volunteers fanning across the city to enforce the pilot plan which will stay in force till January 15.

“I am truly overwhelmed by the response. People have achieved the impossible. I am sure Delhi will show the way,” said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, adding the initiative has turned “into a movement”.

In a tweet he also used legendary singer John Lennon’s words from his iconic song Imagine, “You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one. I hope some day you’ll join us.”

As many as 25 categories were given exemptions from the restrictions which included emergency service vehicles, taxis and cars being driven by women even with female co-passengers and children up to age of 12.

Two wheelers and CNG-run vehicles have also been exempted.

Under the scheme, private cars having odd registration numbers are being allowed to ply on odd dates and those with even numbers on even dates. The restriction period is 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Those caught violating the scheme have to pay a penalty of Rs 2000.

As many as 200 teams of Traffic Police, 66 enforcement teams of transport department and 40 teams of sub-divisional magistrates were deployed across the city to ensure strict implementation of the scheme.

Pollutants dipped by around 10 per cent on average between 8 AM to 2 PM today compared to the last two days, “possibly” due to the odd-even restrictions, before rising sharply afterwards with a fall in day time temperature.

As per initial observations of System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the gains of less vehicular emissions could have been more, had there been less vehicular movement and no bursting of firecrackers on the night of January 31.

To augment, public transport, an additional 3,000 buses were deployed in the city while metro had run an additional 70 trips.

Delhi’s Transport Minister Gopal Rai said “We thank people of Delhi for making the scheme a success on the first day. The same Delhi, which was called selfish, has shown the way. We thank all people for choosing their children’s health.”

The government has challaned 66 autorickshaw drivers on the basis of complaints received by the a helpline launched yesterday to ensure citizens do not face any hurdles in commuting.

Till evening, Traffic Police issued 81 challans against motorists violating the scheme.

Rai even said people have responded to environment- friendly drive the same way they came out to the streets during the anti-corruption movement three years ago. “That time people of Delhi wanted a corruption-free city. Now they want a pollution-free city.”

The Chief Minister said the scheme will not be permanently implemented and made it clear that it may be enforced periodically when pollution level spikes. He accused the Centre of trying to sabotage the scheme on the eve of its implementation by instigating the strike by bureaucrats.

“I repeatedly said that the scheme will meet with success only when people embrace it and not though force. It has become a movement and we are truly overwhelmed by the response we have received so far.

“Delhi will show the way to the rest of the country,” Kejriwal told reporters outside his residence.

However, the real test of the scheme’s effectiveness will be on Moday as a number of private offices are closed today. Also the schools are having winter vacation, which would have taken off some load from the traffic.

Kejriwal shared his car to the Secretariat with transport Minister Gopal Rai and Health Minister Satyender Jain. They live in North Delhi’s Civil Lines area.

Social Welfare minister of Delhi government Sandeep Kumar took a bus to reach Secretariat while his colleague and Environment and Forest minister Imran Hussain arrived in an e-rickshaw.

At certain areas, volunteers and civil defence personnel offered people roses prodding them politely.

Display boards were installed at several areas across Delhi to provide the real-time figures of air quality.

One such board outside Delhi Secretariat read suspended particulate matter PM 2.5 and PM 10 at 360 and 480 micrograms per cubic metre, respectively, at 9.30 AM, several times above the safe limits.

The Delhi Metro said no substantial jump in ridership was observed. The total ridership stood at 19.8 lakh at 8 PM as against the average daily ridership of around 27 lakh.

Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay criticised the ruling AAP saying there were “practical problems” in implementation of the scheme. The Delhi Congress chose not to react saying it will comment after 15 days when the pilot plan will get over.

Delhi odd-even rule update:

8.00 pm: The scheme generated a lot of debate on social media as people came out openly in support of the programme. Aam Aadmi Party leader Gopal Rai tweeted that a total of 117 vehicles have been fined on day one of odd-even scheme.

6.40 pm: Arvind Kejriwal re-tweeted a tweet showing drop in pollution index as compared to 10 am at 6 pm.

5:56 pm: Arvind Kejriwal termed the scheme as a ‘movement’ and said that reassessment will be after Jan 15. 2:20 pm: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said it was not possible to implement the odd-even traffic rationing scheme on a permanent basis. 12: 45 pm: Pollution monitoring in mobile vans as odd- even plan rolled out. 11: 50 am: Civil guards with roses monitoring the odd-even plan at Select Citywalk mall, Saket. live odd-even rule Delhi, odd even cars formula delhi today, odd-even formula in delhi, delhi odd even start today, odd-even number plate traffic formula, odd even formula delhi, odd-even formula for cars, odd-even formula for bike, odd-even formula for four wheelers, odd or even numbered cars, delhi odd-even formula, delhi government odd-even formula, odd even for cars in delhi today, odd-even cars delhi today, odd even cars start today 11:24 am: Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain leaves for Delhi Secretariat in an E-rickshaw.

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Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain (Source: ANI twitter)

11:02 am: MA Naqvi says, “Odd-even formula is a good initiative, an effective & important step towards reducing pollution levels in Delhi.”

10:37 am: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says the response has been overwhelming. “Delhiites! U give me hope that U are capable of achieving big challenges,” he writes in a tweet. “Am pooling my car and going to office with 2 ministers, my PS and my Joint Secy,” he adds.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says the response has been overall encouraging. “Delhiites! U give me hope that U are capable of achieving big challenges.” (ANI)

 

10:05 am: Delhi minister Satyendra Jain said that he is confident people of the city will ensure the success of the scheme.

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Delhi minister Satyendra Jain (Source: ANI)

9:58 am: The opposition has meanwhile stuck to its stand that the scheme is doomed to fail.

9:35 am: Pollution meters have been put up at several places across the city. 9:25 am: The first violator of the rule has been challaned at ITO. Volunteers are standing at the Delhi Noida border with flowers and posters in hand.

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Volunteers are standing at the Delhi Noida border with flowers and posters in hand. (Source: ANI)

9:10 am: Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra has left for the Delhi secretariat on a motorcycle.

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Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra (Source: ANI twitter)

9:00 am: Most of the cars on the road today are odd-numbered. Also, the traffic is quite light owing to the New Year.

8.15 am: A few even-numbered cars were challaned in the morning. The first violator was challaned at ITO.

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An even number car challaned at ITO. (Source: ANI twitter)

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    Jk BHATIA
    Jan 1, 2016 at 2:18 pm
    Scattered office hours has not been considered which would de-congest roads and drop pollution level. Further, roadside encroachment and parking if removed would provide 30% more road space and thus speedier traffic movement. Try above suggestions
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    1. Ayshwaryam Akshayaa
      Jan 2, 2016 at 3:07 pm
      Delhi's Odd-Even Rule - Your Vehicle Calendar for Driving & Parking, Youth Apps helping you with a excel based calendar to know when to Park your vehicle and when to Drive.
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      1. Budd Margolis
        Jan 2, 2016 at 12:45 pm
        The Delhi Odd/Even trial now in force can only hope to ever improve air pollution by 1%. The deadliest aspect of the pollutants is PM2.5 a fine material that delivers toxins deep within lung tissue. It is most effective against the young, eldery and those alread suffering from respiratory and caqrdiac diseases. Shorts term exposure is bad, but Delhi suffers from air that is now worse than Beijing and long term averages nearly 200 AQI per day. Any reading above 50 is unhealthy, over 300 hazardous. Vehicles aco for just 20% of PM2.5. The ban is between 8AM to 8PM but the highest pollution in delhi comes between 3AM to 6AM. Reports of a 10% marginal drop in pollution is not an accurate measurement as pollution can change according to wind, humidity, temperature, transport and industrial/agricultural acitivty. The readings at the best of times is still very unhealthy. The impact is hardly an improvement. The real problem is dust which comes from roads, construction, smoke caused in cooking and waste disposal, crop clearing, amonia caused by animals/farming.
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        1. Deshaabhimaani Damodardas Subodhdas
          Jan 1, 2016 at 9:39 am
          This is a programme in which the new age political warrior shri Arvind Kejriwal is investing a considerable political capital. any political leader leans on to his expert or wise advisors in governance! Unfortunately those who advised shri Kejriwal appear to be neither expert nor wise! He is delivering himself to BJP in a Harakiri ! This is a scene , like prohibition of liquor that shall never work in any city, any state and any country in the wide open world! The first principle of a great warrior is to choose the weakest of his enemies, issue wise, challenge wise and even adversary wise! The same principle works within a principle! If pollution control is the issue, the simplest and also the most powerful solution is to list and verify the thousand causes that are causing pollution! Once verified , the warrior identifies the least resistant , the weakest, of the causes and makes a list on those aspects of the weightage! That is 1000, 999, 998 ....... And cause number 1 as the last, that is the most difficult to implement and attract maximum resistance and maximum adversaries shall be the last! As the warrior keeps felling the easiest of the adversaries, he will go grow in strength, allies, and skill! The more powerful enemies also will fight on your side thinking that you chose a simple enemy because of your ignorance! And they can appear to be Angels ! That is how great wars and great revolutions have been fought , including the Second World War, the Chinese revolution etc! Now shri Kejriwal appears to have chosen the most resistant , best of his allies and most harmless of the people to fight against! This will not work! This will not last! The pollution will not come down! AAP and Kejriwal will loose a lot of goodwill they earned! He will be fighting ghosts that do not exist! He will slowly bleed himself! He will be weak, weaker and when he becomes the weakest due to his own mistakes, the Sangh pariwar will step in and bulldoze him into oblivion ! The world has seen many valiant warriors! Few were wise and patient! And only the wise and patient won their wars! Others won a few battles and lost all the wars! There is still time! Shri Kejriwal shall try a few days and admit his mistake and go back to the wise way of making a list of thousand causes that cause pollution and begin tackling from the weakest and least resistant ! If he does that, he would have turned his mistake upside down and go on to win the war! If not this will be his first self inflicted defeat! Wishing him Godspeed to return to right path of wisdom and patience! Satyaneva jayathe! Sarvajane sukhinaabhavantho !
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          1. Hemen Parekh
            Jan 1, 2016 at 5:58 am
            POLLUTION SOLUTION , aka " PollSolv " It is said : Necessity is the Mother of Invention Let us rephrase : Essentiality is the Mother of Intervention This is in response to Odd / Even driving rule being experimented in Delhi from Jan 1 2016 Equally applicable to any other city , threatened by vehicular emission pollution This solution will be named : PollSolve It will be in two parts , as follows : # VEHICLE BASED DEVICE All vehicles (existing and future registrations) to be ed with a GPS locator ( compulsory ) Each of this locator will carry Vehicle Number ( hard-coded ) A software in Delhi Transport Department , will then , be able to track in real time , movement of each vehicle ( 24*7 ) , on several computer screens If a Odd numbered vehicle is travelling on Even date , it will show up as a RED colored dot on the screen and through linkage with RTO records ,an automatic alert will be issued to the mobile phone of the nearest Traffic Police to catch / stop that vehicle and take that vehicle, off the road ! The owner / driver can take it back after one week of grounding ! This technology is available , commercially and off - the - shelf Should not take more than 6 months to implement # MOBILE BASED APP Each citizen of Delhi will have to ( compulsorily ) download and install on his smart phone , an App called : CarPool He / she will enter following data in the App : * Name / Gender / Aadhar Card No * Email Id / Mobile Number / Residence Address / Work-place Address * From / To ( in the morning ) / Time of travel * From / To ( in the evening ) / Time of travel * If owning a vehicle , then : # Vehicle type : 2 - 3 - 4 wheeler # Fuel type : Petrol / Diesel / Electric # Vehicle Capacity : 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 persons ( including driver ) # Vehicle Number : # Vehicle Registration Date ( to compute " Age " of vehicle ) # Serial Number of GPS locator ed on vehicle ( must be unique / Mfrr to take care ) # CarPool Number (Unique Serial No allotted by App) : To be entered after joining a Pool CarPool App will not accept the data ,nor get activated ,until Mobile Owner also keeps " ON " the GPS location feature built into the phone With this data , software will analyze / display , a list containing names / contact info of other citizens ( matched gender-wise ) , travelling on same , approximate " route " and the nearest pick-up points , on Google Map Citizens will then contact other vehicle-owners and form a CarPool Then , they will enter their CarPool Number ( as mentioned above ) The software will reanalyze / redisplay the list if any entered data gets EDITED later After compiling data about ONE BILLION actual ulative travels undertaken by each type of vehicle ( 2-3-4 wheeler ) , BIG DATA ANALYTICS software , will carry out , * Millions of permutations / combinations of " Car Pool Universes " possible * Using ( updated version of ) " Karmarkar's Algorithm " , figure out the optimum Car Pool Universe which minimizes the overall pollution level in Delhi * Calculate for each citizen , the " LEAST POLLUTING ROUTE " based on data compiled from the " Optimum Universe " and send " Car Pooling Recommendation " to each citizen thru CarPool app This could be somewhat like " Travelling sman Problem " in Linear Programming ( - improved versions could be found in Fuzzy Logic / Neural Network / Artificial Intelligence ) { " Big data has the potential to make a huge impact on Public Services in India, as it will streamline the decision-making " : Stephen Brobst , Global CTO , Teradata Corporation } Given the prevalent START-UP wave in India, any number of Indian Start Up companies would be happy to take on this " Two Part " challenge and implement in 6 months . It is the least expensive / permanent / replicable solution , suitable for the entire World All that is required is a POLITICAL WILL and some genuine cooperation between Shri Gopal Rai ( Delhi Govt ) and Shri Nitin Gadkari ( Central Govt ) It is time to offer to the World , an INDIAN ANSWER to vehicular pollution ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- hemen parekh 31 Dec 2015 > Blogs
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              Vikas
              Jan 1, 2016 at 8:07 am
              I love this. All the best delhi.
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                Lalit Chowdhary
                Apr 16, 2016 at 1:31 pm
                Lpg car Reg By R.C. is Allowed to odds or Even Scheme ????? Pl Tell us
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                  RAVI MEHNA
                  Jan 2, 2016 at 3:05 am
                  Somebody is thinking for people of Delhi
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                    Narendra Thakur
                    Jan 2, 2016 at 5:33 pm
                    What is odd & what is even? Whether these are days of the week: Monday, Wednesday & Friday [odd] and Tuesday, Thursday & Saay [Even] or Is it determined from the dates like 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11........ [Odd] AND 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12.........[Even] In which category [Odd or Even] Monday i.e. 04/01/2016 will fall?
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                      Narendra Thakur
                      Jan 2, 2016 at 5:23 pm
                      what is odd & what is even ? whether these are days of the week: Monday, Wednesday & Friday [odd] and Tuesday, Thursday & Saay [Even] or it is determined from the dates like 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11........[Odd] AND 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12.........[Even] In which category [Odd or Even] Monday i.e. 04/01/2016 fall?
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                        pawnesh srivastav
                        Jan 11, 2016 at 8:54 am
                        good keep it up should done for permanent
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                          subhash
                          Jan 1, 2016 at 11:11 am
                          Delhites you gave a new year to this country.. Bravo.
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                            Surprat
                            Jan 1, 2016 at 9:24 am
                            It is a good policy but implemented with an equally good rhetoric.
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                              wts
                              Jan 2, 2016 at 7:28 am
                              Keep all commercial vehicles- trucks, trailers, tempos, dumpers, construction equipments etc.. off the road during peak hours. It will ensure higher speed, smooth flow and ultimately less pollution.
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