Ms. Gulshan Dewan
After coming under a lot of scrutiny and criticism, the new odd-even formula for private vehicles proposed by the AAP government might possibly turn out to be an effective move. According to recent reports, nearly 10 lakh private vehicles in Delhi will stay off roads.
Currently over 19 lakh private four wheelers are registered in Delhi, which are doing their fair share in contributing towards emission and traffic congestion. Moreover vehicular emissions make the capital’s air abysmally poor during the winter months. Once the new odd-even formula comes into implementation, this very number is likely to be cut down by half, resulting in reduction of traffic flow and thus significantly reduce the high level of pollution in the city.
It has been proposed to curb pollution in the national capital by restricting movement of private vehicles based on their registration numbers. Violators of the scheme would attract a penalty of Rs 2,000.
Calling children the biggest victims of pollution, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr. Manish Sisodia asked school principals and teachers to make students aware of the sudden spike in pollution levels. “Children are the biggest stakeholders as 26 lakh students are studying in schools and the policy of odd-even formula will be made with their involvement,” he said.
Directing the Delhi government to take “adequate measures to prevent air pollution in schools”, the national green tribunal, on its part, asked it to submit a proposal for “creating green belts, covering the ground with grass and installing air filters in schools”.
In a bid to compensate for the days lost during the road rationing trial from January 1 to 15, schools are planning to work on Saturdays when they reopen after winter break next year.
The Delhi government has extended this year’s winter break for schools by five days to use their buses for ferrying passengers during the odd-even trial period. Normally after winter break schools reopen by January 11 but with this year’s extension, they will lose at least five working days.
Air pollution has really created menace this winter with contaminating the air to a level that with each passing day it is becoming difficult to breathe. Though there are many measures which can control the pollution level but the need of the hour is to do something very drastic which curbs the release of pollutants in the air and tries to bring down the level of pollution.
Odd Even Formula, a novel experiment of Delhi government, if proved successful will pave way for further such ventures which can help in controlling the situation and pave way for others to follow. Though at the cost of disturbing school schedule, if successful, it will be a very little price to pay for future good health of the society as a whole.
There are various measure on can adopt to curb pollution::
- Keep your vehicle well maintained. A poorly maintained engine both creates more air pollution and uses more fuel. Replace oil and air filters regularly, and keep your tires properly inflated.
- Drive less. Walking, bicycling, riding the bus, or working from home can save you money as well as reducing air pollution.
- Don’t idle your vehicle. If you stop for more than 30 seconds, except in traffic, turn off your engine.
- Don’t buy more car than you need. Four-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, engine size, vehicle weight, and tire size all affect the amount of fuel your vehicle uses. The more fuel it uses the more air pollution it causes.
Ms. Gulshan Dewan is Principal of Rotary Public School