Does Kejriwal Really Want Odd-Even Formula To Fail?

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Does Kejriwal Really Want Odd-Even Formula To Fail?


EDITOR'S PICK / From the pen of Jitendra Varma   /   Dec 26, 2015

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As impulsively as we make new-year resolutions on the last day of the year, similarly, our respected Chief Minster impulsively took a decision to prohibit odd and even numbers of cars in Delhi on alternate days. It seems that his intent is not to let this experiment succeed. How else you can justify the following points. The basic assumption is that when half the cars will be off the road, the people would take to public transport, cab or three wheelers or share their cars with total strangers to reach their destination; unless every car owner plans to have 12 days off in a month apart from the Sundays.

 

1.    The Metro and the bus services are already creaking from the phenomenon number of commuters using them.

 

2.    For this experiment 6000 additional private buses were required. Up till now we have only 600 of them.

 

3.    To make this program successful, schools have been closed till 15th of January. Can we safely assume that if this program becomes successful then schools will be perpetually closed? Looking into this windfall bonanza, several of the car owners have already planned their winter vacation in the first 15 days of the new year. So they will be off road.

 

4.    The fact that dust particles are the most pollution causing element in the atmosphere is not even talked of. So the odd-even drive will fail because of the wrong assumptions that car owners are the major culprit and even stopping them from plying on alternative days will not give the desired results.

 

5.    Cars with four passengers are exempted from this restriction. Cars with women drivers exempted, 2 Wheelers are exempted. Possible loophole for all kind of wrong practices.

 

6.    The fact that people will have to come out on all weekdays means that      

                A.   Either there is adequate public transport

B.   Or they have at least two cars with odd and even numbers

C.   Or they are forced to carpool

D.   Or take an alternative vehicle say two wheeler, cycle,

E.   Or probably pool a cab. This will need an overhauling of Motor Vehicle Act.

F.   Or have two number plates one for odd and one for even days. Stopping the car on the premise that the number plates are changed, comparing them to the chassis number, looking up the RC and then finally penalizing the owner will lead to such snarls that it would be better off for all to remove the New year eve hangover for the next 15 days and then go to office after this experiment is over.

 

So we can see a boost in the sale of cars and motor vehicles to have an alternative registration number. The premium on VIP registration number will be lesser than seeking an odd or even number.

 

For a car driver in Delhi, it will be really committing hara-kiri to shift to alternative vehicles like 2 wheelers or cycles.

 

The old car market will see a rise in the car sales, once again premium being on the odd even numbers.

 

Public transport cannot be improved in the next 10 days. Car pools cannot be made over night though one may try.  Cars can be bought immediately, but only a few will think of this odd even thing as a permanent measure.

 

So why was this formula implemented without looking into the possible reasons of its failure? Maybe it is another of AAP’s publicity stunt. Odd-even is a high profile measure which is not affecting Kejriwal’s core constituency – The urban poor. The resultant chaos can be conveniently shifted to central government as the CM has been publically asking help from the Central Government including the PM to make this success. Ek teer aur kai shikar.

 

The half-hearted measure may be so traumatic that we may never again talk of odd or even.

 

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The views expressed here are those of the authors and doesn’t reflect the official policy of Janpratinidhi. The views expressed here are those of the authors and doesn’t reflect the official policy of Janpratinidhi.
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