December 28, 2015

7 Things Which Will Help in Reducing Pollution from Metros, but may not be liked by Our Politician's Vote Banks

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Enough of debates we keep hearing about AAP's new odd/even rule to control the pollution due  to vehicles in Delhi. I am an engineer by qualification and with basic knowledge of science & technology, I do not think it this odd/even yield in anything but grabbing headlines on media and funny whatsApp joke. Here are my suggestion which I think can make a great effect in reducing Delhi's or any of our Metro city pollution woes through vehicle, however someone needs guts to implement it as this kind of tough measures may affects vote banks and attract protests in the name of democracy.

So, to curb pollution and take extre ordinary measures in today's extreme ordinary circumstances are:
1. Blanket Ban on any vehicle any type which is more than 10 years old: 

The maximum emission comes from old vehicle which in today's world fail to reduce emission beyond 10 years of it's life. This must include two wheeler as well. This may not be liked by many voters but this is the need of an hour as logically it won't be possible to prove how one is maintaining more than 10 years of vehicle within permissible limit of emission of all forms.

2. Restrict 2 cars each household: 

In major metro city especially this is common problem where I know few family who has 2 cars per person. So govt. must impose strict rule, for households who already purchased more than 2 cars Levy heavy surcharges on extra cars, and for future do not allow more than 2 cars to be registered in same address. If any family feels they need to own more than two cars then they should buy permit which should start from min. Rs. 5 lacs to own a 3rd car.

3. Increase Parking Charges Multi Fold:

Parking Charges of Rs. 10/50 or even 500 is nothing for people who owns luxury cars and no more deterrent for them not to take car along wherever they go. Make parking charges in tune of Rs. 3000 - Rs. 5000 in congested area and Rs. 2000 in other public areas. We have offices & real estate measured as per per sq. ft. of respective locations but not parking space. Many major cities like New York, London, Singapore, Hong Kong put hefty parking charges which sometimes even costlier than owning a car.

4. Hefty fine on illegal parking: 

Our most of roads are occupied by illegal parking especially with trucks/tempos/Shop Owners vehicle which congest the roads which in term increases traffic menace and hence extra emission as cars mostly comply on 1st & 2nd gear in such traffics. In fact in Mumbai the stretch of LBS Road, Saki Vihar Road's one lane is 24x7 occupied by illegal parking. Any illegal parking vehicle must be towed for 7 days with Rs. 10,000 fine

5. Double the Buses/Cabs/Autos and Promote Public Transport:

Ultimately this has to be improved to cater all sort of audiences to motivate them to use safe and clean public transport. Impose criminal offense on refusal of Auto. SMS or App based complaints on refusal and online suspension of license with SMS alert to cab/auto driver. Any repeat offender of more than 2 times license must be suspended for a year. Govt. must also fund the installation of GPS trackers in Auto/Taxi to improve security. The best way to implement is to make it as mandatory required specification pre-installed at cab/auto manufacturer itself.

6. Digitize the RTO and all Vehicle: 

A lot of country has moved to digitization of vehicles integrated with RTO via RFID sensors to curb traffic offenses & imply penalty. Make all fines in real time based on these sensors monitoring traffic offense. Make annual registrations subject to annual renewal by having kiosk at multiple place to have transparency on fine collected & zero leakage.

7. Freight Corridor to avoid heavy vehicle mixing with Inner Roads:

All major cities must have transport corridor which helps exclusively to carry on cities supplies and it must not overlap with public traffic. The corridor also must carry equipment to check on emission from all vehicle in real time and freed from multiple check post to avoid long jams. 

If we are serious about pollution these are the steps which must need to be implemented strictly as well as holistically for cleaner tomorrow otherwise we will again land up in never ending debates on who is doing what to grab headlines with zero effect on ground.

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