ODD-EVEN: FIRST GENUINE STEP BY AAP GOVERNMENT (EVEN IF WITH GLITCHES)

I miss it or I don’t miss it – it doesn’t matter. What matters is – that it is for larger good – and so should be appreciated and accepted wholeheartedly.

It is the first initiative taken by the almost one year old Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi – a government that has been a sheer letdown since its inaugural in February 2014 – a step that can be said genuine and with vision – even if with glitches.

What applies to the logic of India’s stand at COP21 and other world environment summits applies to this step as well – that irrespective of ‘who, what and where’, we all are going to be the victims – be it the ruling class or the voting class in this largest democracy of the world – that, though falters regularly, is robustly functional – and is the on the way to become a mature democracy experiments like AAP tell.

A mature democracy – and we can say we have behaved in a matured manner by accepting what the city state government had proposed – leaving our vehicles on alternate days and using public transportation or practices like car-pooling or bike-riding.

Now, whenever (if) global warming happens, it would affect all countries, especially geographically big countries like India irrespective of the fact that it is basically the developed countries including the US who are the chief culprits in bringing us to this crisis situation.

And the same logic applies here as well. If pollution is affecting lives of people here, it will never discriminate in choosing its victims. Pollution will be ruthlessly objective, secular, impartial, unbiased, and whatever not when it comes to reducing life spans.

The odd-even traffic rotation scheme introduced in Delhi is a much needed (and delayed) effort to make Delhi’s (and NCR’s) air liveable again.

Yes, NCR’s – and it cannot succeed unless any plan to curb pollution in Delhi is extended effectively to its NCR areas – Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Faridabad and so on. Delhi cannot prevent the foul air with vehicular pollution and construction dust of NCR mixing with breeze flowing in Delhi colonies.

And Delhi cannot achieve this onerous task if its government (the AAP government) continues behaving erratically – with a good initiative – like exempting multitudes of vehicles with this or that excuse – an extension of the VIP culture that has percolated deep in our lives.

If pollution is ruthlessly objective in choosing its victims, we need to be ruthlessly objective in opting for the ways to deny it those fangs.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

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