Odd Even formula: How global media reported

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Delhi’s experiment with Odd Even formula for cars to curb the rising air pollution caught the attention of global media with most media.

Britain’s public broadcaster BBC highlighted the commuters’ woes and quoted a critic, who did not appear convinced about the plan’s ability to considerably reduce the air pollution.

Its report also stated that environmental activists had welcomed the decision, saying the ‘situation is so grim that urgent drastic steps are needed.’

America’s New York Times carried a comprehensive piece outlining the day’s event in Delhi. Its report focussed on the alarming rise in Delhi’s air pollution adding that the World Health Organization last year had ‘named New Delhi the world’s most polluted city.’

“The pollution is at its worst in the winter, when winds die down and dense smog often engulfs the city in the morning,” it said.

Quoting an environment expert Anumita Raichaudury, NYT ‘s report said that ‘it was good that the city at least now has a plan to react to high pollution levels.’

“It’s important to clamp down by taking at least 50 percent of the vehicles off the roads for an immediate impact,” Raichaudury was quoted as saying.

The US-based CNN, which broadcast a video report on its TV channel, also carried detailed summary of Odd-Even formula’s performance on the first day of its implementation.

Its report chose to highlight that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal-the architect of this scheme- and his ministers had led by example by car-pooling to work.

It said, “Government ministers made a show of carpooling to work, and by mid-morning had declared the experiment a success.”

Capturing the sentiment on twitter, the report said, “On Twitter, a sense of civic pride emerged. ‘Very proud of Delhi people. They are following odd even formula with [an] open heart,’ one user said.”

Qatar-based Al-Jazeera’s report said that most drivers on Delhi roads ‘appeared to be following the rules on Friday and traffic was a trickle compared to the usual rush-hour chaos.”

It, however, stated that ‘with schools and colleges shut, and many offices closed for the New Year’s holiday, far fewer people needed to be on the roads.’

Closer home, a report published by Pakistan’s Express Tribune, covered the aspect of jugaad-  creating a cheap alternative solution-and how this formed an integral part of Delhiites’ nature.

It also quoted a senior policeman, who said he was surprised to see Delhiites obeying the rules.

“I would have expected to catch at least dozens in the first half an hour but surprisingly most people are obeying,” Ankit Kumar, a senior traffic policeman was quoted by the paper.

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