Even in the odds

Last Updated 12 November 2017, 15:26 IST

With the State Government mulling over the implementation of the odd-even formula to avoid a Delhi-like situation, some Bengalureans voice out their opinion on the proposal.  

Nagaraj M

R&D engineer

"It is a general notion that only big truck and four-wheelers emit the maximum smoke and cause air pollution. But in reality, two-wheelers are the most emission producers. Rather than the odd-even formula, I feel a ban on commercial vehicles which are more than 10 years old should be taken as a step to reduce air pollution. Moreover, vehicles that run on diesel cause a lot of pollution too. Cab or truck drivers tend to drive roughly which damages the vehicle causing them to emit more smoke. If the government is planning to bring this scheme to the city, they must make sure that the alternate way -- that is the connectivity of the public transport -- has to be worked on. Most people don't like taking the public transport, so, the first step that has to be taken is to change the mindset of people towards these available facilities."

Poornima Kannan, Nature enthusiast

"The odd-even formula makes sense considering the present situation of the city. People will be consciously aware of their impact on the environment. This formula is definitely going to be a good awareness drive among people, and they perhaps will take this social responsibility in their stride. There are many options like carpooling, walking or even cycling, people just need to make a conscious effort. With the odd-even formula, if people start using their vehicle every alternate day, it can turn into a good habit."

Amit Mazumdar,

Technical  architect

"I think the population in Delhi is high compared to Bengaluru. I am not sure if this plan will work here. It might rather cause inconvenience to people especially in times of emergencies. I am with this formula considering the government has an alternate plan for all the odd plate vehicles. The odd-even formula will solve the traffic woes but the public has to be convinced first. I believe that people have to be facilitated by an alternative."  

Malini Rao, Doctor

"I would definitely recommend that Bengaluru go ahead with the odd-even formula. It will help us a lot in cutting down the level of pollution in the long run. I drive to work and if my vehicle falls under the odd-category, I am open to travelling by buses or Metros or even carpool. I come across a lot of cases of bronchial asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It's because of the pollution and the harmful air that everyone is breathing."

(Published 12 November 2017, 11:24 IST)

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