The way forward

The way forward

When the rains flooded Chennai during the last few weeks, the grave dangers of poor urban planning and its after-effects came to the fore. At the same time, another serious issue — the dangerous level of air pollution in Delhi and across the country — was discussed and debated.

The ‘odd-even formula’ to keep cars off roads in Delhi stirred a hornet’s nest.
While this has worked wonders in a few cities abroad, the concern has been whether it would work in a place where there is no proper mobility and the population has skyrocketed.

With Bengalureans also being choked with traffic and pollution day after day, youngsters discuss the ‘odd-even formula’ and whether it can be adopted here or not.

Designed to fail
Tilak Somaiah, a second-year BBM student of Seshadripuram Degree College, opines that this formula is bound to fail due to the uncertainity of the public transport system here.

“Majority of us think of our comfort first and then pay some heed to the larger picture of air pollution. With the laid-back attitude that exists in most of us, this formula is definitely going to fail. 

Instead, this will give a boost to the car manufacturing sector, as people will buy another car and make sure they own cars with odd and even numbers. This will in turn increase pollution and traffic congestion. Also, Delhi at least has a good Metro connectivity. But what about us? How do we travel with no proper public transport connectivity?”

Look before
you leap
Namitha Bopanna, a second-year BBM student of Indian Academy Degree College, says, “It is good to see that the government, for once, is concerned about its citizens and wants to control pollution. But before implementing this odd-even formula, there needs to be a lot of planning.

Our transport system is nothing better than what exists in Delhi. When this is the case, how will we commute to college or work? Will the public transport be able to accommodate all of us? Proper planning and research needs to be done before practically following this formula anywhere in India.”

Find an alternative
SRIMANTH, a second-year BCom student of Indian Academy Degree College, says, “Traffic contributes in a large way to the increasing pollution. But without improvising on public transport, there cannot be any immediate solution to control pollution. However, pollution cannot be

ignored. The government should think of an alternative plan that can be put in place immediately. We have to find alternatives to prevent pollution. I, on a regular basis, see the autos emitting poisonous smoke and the traffic cops never fine them.

So, before using this formula, proper emission tests should be conducted on a regular basis on all public and private vehicles. This will control pollution to a large extent in the City.”

Blueprint for fresh air
Faizan Uddin, a second-year Pre-University student of Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College, feels that this formula should be implemented on a trial basis. He says, “It is easy to say that this formula will not work without even trying it out. Yes, the elite who like to have the luxury of travelling in their car, might have to step out of their comfort zone and travel in public transport. But think of the larger picture. Three days of not taking your car out might let your kids breathe fresh air! Bengalureans, I am sure, are ready to
experiment and this might be a good take to prevent the disease before it goes viral.”

A disproven theory
SHEIK FURQUAN, a second-year Pre-University student of Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College, feels that this formula is a good one theoretically, but might not work practically.

He says, “I read that in Mexico, this formula turned out to be more harmful than of any good use. We Indians love to break rules and are good at escaping the traffic cops after violating a rule. Will the traffic police’s job only include figuring out if the car has an odd or even number? Also, once I am caught violating the rule, I will be sent a ‘challan’. But this will not stop me from driving the car that day, will it?” 

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