How rational is Delhi’s road rationing?4 min read . Updated: 07 Dec 2015, 10:55 PM IST
A key condition for the success of road rationing is that alternatives are easily available
A big debate on urban transport policy has been triggered by the decision of the state government of Delhi to restrict automobile usage according to the licence plate number. The plan is to significantly reduce vehicular traffic by allowing odd and even numbers to ply the roads on alternate days. Given the city’s atrocious air quality, something drastic needs to be done. The problem is that this particular policy has been tried in other countries for years with poor results except for short periods. The danger is that a focus on implementing this policy will divert attention from more serious solutions.
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