Odd-even: Delhi govt gets court notice

The Delhi high court has issued a notice to the Delhi government on the controversial road rationalisation scheme, seeking reply in three days. The move comes on a PIL filed by Gunjan Khanna and lawyer Manoj Kumar, managing partner of the law firm Mammurabi & Solomon.
The petition has raised a series of queries, which the notice wants the government to reply, and clarify some of the confusions people have about the scheme – under which cars with odd numbers will ply on Delhi roads only on odd dates, and those with even numbers only on even dates from January 1.

These queries are:

* Does the government have a ‘Plan B’? If so, then what’s their preparedness, whether their Plan B can handle the cause for which it is implemented?

* If there’s no Plan B, why should the government go ahead with implementing the odd/even formula?

* Is the government of the opinion that the ‘Plan A’ is defect-proof?

* The government is implementing a formula which will land lakhs of people into chaotic situation. Why is this formula implemented from 8 am to 8 pm? The objective should be to curb the pollution level during the peak hours of traffic and not to harass the people. Why should there be a timing constraint? Will this 8 am – 8 pm rule reduce air pollution? Why has the government not undertaken a study or research to test the adequateness of this time-specific implementation of odd/even formula?

* Instead of implementing the formula from 8 am to 8 pm, why don’t we categorize the traffic into two categories: a. heavy traffic timing: implementation of formula during the heavy traffic timings, i.e., 10 am to 1 pm and then 5pm to 9 pm, and b. less traffic timing – relax the implementation of formula during the less traffic timings, i.e. 2 pm to 5 pm and then 9 pm till 10 am.

* Has the government tested its existing public transport infrastructure; whether it will suffice the needs of the… Read More (+)

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