Odd Even Policy in Delhi

How efficient is Odd Even policy in Delhi ?


I more than welcome the Delhi Governments’ well thought, out of the box plan called the odd even policy. Reducing the number of vehicles on roads surely gets the pollution levels down. It greatly helps to keep traffic jams at bay. It surely does initiate road safety, public safety, better law and order and a healthy environment.


Odd Even Policy in Delhi
Odd Even Policy in Delhi


Odd Even Policy

Odd Even policy was implemented in Beijing in 2008 just before the summer Olympics. While the rule was initially said to be temporary, it turned out to be so effective the government made it permanent.

As per odd even rule, four wheeler vehicles (cars, tempos, buses and trucks) are allowed depending upon the number plate and the day they run on road. Only odd numbered vehicles are allowed on odd days. Similarly, only even numbered vehicles are allowed of even days. A fine of Rs. 2000 shall be issued if they found running on wrong days.

Emergency vehicles like PCR vans, ambulances and fire tenders and on public transports like CNG buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws does not come under this rule. Delhi Government has exempted two wheeler vehicles (Bicycles, Motor Bikes, Scooties & Activas and Scooters) from odd even rule.

Hence, odd even rule will be applicable only on private owned four wheelers running across Delhi, and on those coming in from other states. That also includes vehicles used by ministers and bureaucrats of all ranks.

The frequency of Delhi Metro trains is increased under this rule to redirect traffic effectively.


Delhi Metro (DMRC) Blue Line
Delhi Metro (DMRC) Blue Line


Now let us dwelve in a little deeper, putting a ban on even numbered vehicles on odd dated days and vice versa, surely implies one thing, a magnanimous amount of pressure on our public transport systems mainly Auto rickshaws, buses and metros more or less.

Do we have the capability to tackle this huge pressure ?

  • I, on a very personal note believe that the answer is a big no. The delhi government has surely rolled out plans to increase the number of metro trains and buses and it is definitely a positive sign. But only time will tell if this really works out!
  • The second aspect associated with the policy is that of giving importance to car pooling. It’s again a great thought that will not only reduce road traffic pressure but also promote cultural and social harmony between people. The call centre car pooling are a very common sight in the roads of Delhi.
  • Another bright aspect of the plan is reduced or no traffic jams. One of the very apparent problems on Delhi roads.


Two main problems in Delhi

  1. Traffic jams waste nations’ time. With delayed stoppage times, it is general human behaviour to feel irritated, discomforted and what not. Commuters in Delhi to this reason have become extremely short tempered who give angry stares to fellow commuters on pettiest of things,leave no stone unturned to indulge in brawls. And if they happen to be a part of a brawl, leave no stone unturned to exhaust all their contacts.
  2. Reckless driving is another phenomenon associated with jams where in to the slightest of opportunities commuters turn the roads into F1tracks just not to wait for an extra 2 minutes at a red signal. Delhi has turned into a city where the meanings of red ,yellow and green signals are reversed most of the times.

So, this well thought out strategy to reduce raising levels of pollution,traffic jams and encouraging the use of public transport and Eco friendly vehicles as well as car pooling options is definitely a welcome move for the residents of the national capital.


Image showing overloaded delhi buses of DTC
Delhi Buses overloaded during Rush hour


Obstacles in application of Odd Even formula

But looking at the other side of the story,

  1. Is there anyone who could stop the sale of second hand cars just to suit the number plate criteria? Seldom did the Indian commercials advertise second hand cars so much.
  2. Secondly, who could prevent the well off from not taking their own cars out instead of car pooling options?
  3. Thirdly the crowded metros, DTC buses and the Auto rickshaws have to be raised enormously to suit the ever growing population of city state.
  4. Fourthly, giving a shot at very trivial matters. Who can prevent a person having an odd numbered vehicle to not paste an even digit sticker at the number plate? Who would be accountable for the heaps of cars that would pile on, if one unruly car is stopped by the traffic police on the narrow roads of South Extension or Chandni Chowk?
  5. Fifthly, considering the medical relaxations, who would have the time to distinguish between a person encountering sinus and a person encountering heavy fever to prove whether his or her medical exemptions apply?
  6. Also, what happens to a vehicle which leaves home at 7 A.M. in the morning but is caught after 8 A.M. due to change of rules and what would ensue of the vehicle is caught before that?
  7. Making double trips to make up for losses,huge truck pressure after 11 in the night due to shortened intervals of entry into Delhi just add to the list of demerits.



This policy is something sort of which never happened before. If someone had never taken an initiative,we would have simply been blaming someone or the other without even realising that the biggest sufferers are we ourselves. At least someone has given a thought to our problems and taken one step forward to bring a positive change. There is although a very small wave of optimism in Delhi. Loopholes will always be present in any plan. And it’s misuse is bound to happen.


But let’s get one thing straight ! It won’t matter much to our chief minister if the traffic jams are on the rise or the pollution levels go up. He is very much entitled for a clear pass on Delhi roads. Yet he feels for the people and if he himself can adopt the car pooling option, why not us?
This plan can only be successful if the Delhi Government is able to control the mindsets of the crowd of horribly unruly commuters of Delhi !
Otherwise, the Ray of hope appears dim!


Sources & References

  1. https://www.whatsuplife.in/delhi/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/maxresdefault.jpg
  2. http://i.ndtvimg.com/i/2016-01/delhi-pollution-odd-even-formula_650x400_51452073945.jpg
  3. http://www.delhicapital.com/images/delhi-metro-train.gif
  4. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8QSX_fpFul0/Uem9C82zl8I/AAAAAAAACwc/AxCc7vzc3Xw/s1600/Delhi+Bus+Rush.jpg

About this article

  • Date – 4 May, 2016
  • Content – Ankit Arora, Aam Aadmi Party supporter (AAP)
  • Images – As mentioned in sources and references
  • Author’s views are his personal, RARK does not support any Political Party nor is affiliated to one. We discuss social issues in an unbiased manner as much as possible.


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