Delhiites gear up for odd-even car rule

The Delhi government’s odd-even car rule is set for its trial from January 1 onwards. An attempt to curb pollution and control traffic levels, the initiative has received mixed bag of responses from public.

With a few days left before the 15 day-trial of the rule, Metrolife spoke to a few individuals who are looking at alternate options to make their commute smooth and hassle-free.

Gurgaon-based Sonali Kishore, a sales executive, has a car with an even number. She travels everyday to Delhi for her various client meetings and plans to take a cab on the odd days.

“I would have opted for the metro, but the lack of last-minute connectivity will affect my time management and the condition that I’m in before the meetings,” she says.

Having multiple meetings in a day, the carpool option doesn’t work for Kishore. The initiative, according to her, “will add to the travel cost and will cause discomfort.”

The National Capital Region having many MNCs is a corporate hub and employs a mammoth workforce that commutes everyday to their workplace. Their set timings do make carpool a workable and convenient option. Sandeep Arora, a cold chain consultant, believes that carpool will help him “build better relationships with fellow colleagues”.

“I have to travel to Lajpat Nagar daily and my colleagues staying close to my place can join me on the way,” says Arora.

“I know people will be dependent on me because I have both odd and even numbered cars. But if my colleagues join me on the way, we can talk and have discussions with each other informally,” he says adding that one of the other advantages of this is that people will coordinate with each other to reach his place on time and this would in turn help his team to be punctual and organised.

Sharing similar views is Kanika Sood, 26, who is ready to “give a shot” to the initiative. “I think that the concept is too padha-likha for the aam-janta who will not follow any rule till it is imposed on them.

We have to try how the system will work before dismissing it completely because we as citizens have to contribute in whatever way we can to keep the city traffic and pollution free,” she tells Metrolife.

“Yaha pe dande ki zor pe hi kaam hota hai. Just like we had rules for wearing seat belts or helmets and people resisted initially, this order too is being criticised,” she points out.

Sood feels the order comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. 

“Thankfully, the cab services in Delhi have improved and we have so many options like Ola cabs and Taxi for Sure. At the same time, coming back at 1 am or later by public transport or even a cab wouldn’t be safe neither for me or anyone else. So that can cause some inconvenience,” she says.

For people like Mriganka Sen, a media professional, this order is worrisome as she has to work in evening shifts sometimes and because of the rule, the number of cabs (facility provided by her company) available would also be affected.

“I don’t think I can opt for public transport late at night. Also since the media organisations don’t work in time boundaries, I hope my company takes care of this,” she says.

But, Rajat Bhandari, who commutes from central Delhi to south Delhi every day, says he won’t like to get into the business of odd-even days and would stop taking his car
on weekdays.

 “If by mistake I took my car on an odd day, I would be challaned, and I don’t think after that I will ever take out my car again. Also, I won’t take a metro because it is definitely going to be more crowded than earlier. A few of my colleagues stay near my place.

So sometimes sharing an auto or carpool would be my alternative to travel once the odd-even car rule is implemented,” says Bhandari.

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