SC Questions Effectiveness of Odd-Even Scheme, Asks Delhi Govt for Reports

Delhi government was asked by the Supreme Court to find new ways to combat pollution as the Odd-Even Scheme seems to be a temporary solution. The SC also asked the local govt to produce any evidence of significant change in the pollution level on account of the Odd-Even Rule.

Crux of the Matter
  • Central Pollution Control board said that cars contribute to only 3% of the total pollution and the combined pollution level of vehicles is around 28%.
  • The major contributor to the pollution level in Delhi is the stubble burning in the adjacent states of Punjab and Haryana.
  • AQI – averaging 600 every day – declined once again to the warning level this week.
  • Supreme Court has recommended the local government to explore Japanese air-purifying technology.
  • SC criticized the implementation the odd-even rule and the exemptions made for two-wheelers. It sought reports on improving conditions from the local government. The continuation of odd-even seems to have been stalled.

Odd-even rationing is a method of rationing in which access to some resource is restricted to some of the population on any given day. In a common example, drivers of private vehicles may be allowed to drive, park, or purchase gasoline on alternating days, according to whether the last digit in their license plate is even or odd. Similarly, during a drought, houses can be restricted from using water outdoors according to the parity of the house number. Read More