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With the Delhi government’s road-rationing scheme ending on Friday, it’s time for the post-mortems to begin.
Based on secondary metrics, such as decongested roads, the Aam Aadmi Party government has already claimed success for the scheme that allowed cars with licence plates ending in odd and even numbers to ply on the city’s roads on alternate days to reduce pollution. Air quality still worsened in several neighbourhoods during the 15-day duration of the scheme.
While road-rationing and congestion-pricing schemes have been implemented in cities around the world, they have been ineffective or counterproductive when not backed by adequate research and supporting mechanisms.
Indian cities need holistic solutions—from effective urban planning to efficient public transport. Failing that, measures such as the odd-even scheme will remain political showpieces.