Cars & Pollution in Delhi
T K Malhotra, President
Delhi, the automobile and its proponents are major sources
of air and noise pollution. The rate at which vehicles are
being added to Delhi roads, this man-made machine may one
day paralyse our mobility leaving us no surface to move on!
meet with materialistic comforts, people seem to have become
oblivious of their basic necessity and right to breathe clean
air for survival. In or fast growing cities, breathing fresh
air is becoming a luxury in India today.
our failure to curb the traffic chaos and the pollution caused
by idling vehicles in a traffic jam, we have not yet found
a mechanism to limit new vehicles on roads every passing day.
We have not yet learnt to discover a balance by which to bring
people and their automobiles back into some semblance of harmony.
The bulk of vehicles produced in the country still come to
the cities in Northern India. Delhi has more vehicles than
the number put together in the three metropolitan cities of
Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai.
takes the major share of three to four hundred cars added
to the roads, which are already shrinking inch by inch each
day. The rate of vehicles per road kilometer, which used to
be 31 in the 80's has gone up far too high.
viable solution to down scale the level of existing vehicular
pollution is to freeze the total number of vehicles for the
entire NCT of Delhi.
Quota System can be devised based on logistics related with
the present road space and future expansions.
Vehicle life can be fixed at ten years of life. As old vehicles
are phased out, new vehicles in corresponding number be allowed
to be registered.
vacancies be first filled in by offering opportunities to
the owners of phased out, old vehicles.
vacancies be filled in by allotment to the new owners through
a public auction.
two cars be allowed per family of 4 to 6 persons on normal
quota basis. Beyond which any allotment be made only through
review to evaluate new expansion in road space be undertaken
every six months. Fresh allotments be made in appropriate
segment of vehicles to match the added road space.
entering the designated areas between the specified hours
should be required to pay an additional fee.
system, will ultimately force the people to opt for public
transport and car-pools and to use their cars when absolutely
should be an on-going process to upgrade vehicle technology
to incorporate hundred percent safety features. At the same
time making public transport vehicles easily accessible with
more passenger-oriented features is the need of the day.
Auto Fuel Policy phasing private vehicle to Euro IV norms
by 2010 should be implemented accordingly. Looking at how
our society is cultured, it may not be feasible to implement
the policy earlier than that period.
members are well informed and are conscious about ills of
pollution levels. Regular vehicle pollution tests conducted
by AAUI at the invitation of Residents Welfare Association
in more than forty colo9nies is an ample proof that they want
to live in a healthy environment.
car owner does not feel secure on the roads today. Hijacking,
road rage and related element of risks are deterrent to car
pools. Allowing even-odd number cars to ply on alternative
days was the thought, which the Delhi government had tried
to implement a decade ago. Unfortunately, it did not succeed.
I do not think it is practical either.