New Delhi: The dead do not speak. They don't react. For them Odd-Even formula of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal doesn't exist, because they don't exist. But, what about the family members, relatives and friends of those who die?
Can all have designated sets of cars on a particular odd or even numbered day to visit a crematorium or graveyard to attend a funeral?
What will they do in this kind of an emergency? Will the government allow them to go ahead on the basis of what they tell to the traffic cop? What about the proof?
It was 2.30 pm on New Year on Friday, when this Firstpost correspondent along with the photographer visited one of the Delhi's crematoriums at Lodi Road to find answers to such questions.
"We have come by an auto as I was told by others that we won't be able to use our car today as it bears an even number 6 (as the last digit). Though it was little difficult for us to get two auto-rickshaws to come to this crematorium today, we didn't want to take any risk by violating the rule on the very first day. But, will the police allow people using wrong-numbered cars on such occasions?” questioned Preeti Sethi, a distressed middle-aged woman, while speaking to Firstpost.
She just got down from an auto-rickshaw accompanied by another relative of hers.
Trust factor
Both Kejriwal and his transport minister have said that commuters using a wrong numbered car in an emergency (like medical emergency etc.) would be let-off on the basis of trust.
While the citizens have been found appreciating the Odd-Even formula of Delhi government to curb the deadly pollution in Delhi, also have a doubt. Will the police believe their statement?
"Sahab yeh to aapsi vishwas par hona chahiye; manavikta ka sawal hai. (Sir, it's a matter of mutual trust for the police to accept; it's a question humanitarian values),” promptly said another person waiting at the gate of Lodhi crematorium.
Trust factor will play an important role in such kind of exigencies or emergency situations, where it won't be possible for the commuter to furnish an immediate proof for violating the rule.
"Today we challaned only one person at ITO, who had violated the rule. It was symbolic to give a message that no one should break the law. But, overall the citizens have cooperated with this drive and it has been a successful day. We can see how smooth the traffic functioned today even at the peak hours. However, the police won't challan anyone in an emergency-like situation. Police will trust the commuter,” divisional warden, Delhi Police, Mohd Shahid told Firstpost, who had been on-duty since 7 am at ITO.
Fine tuning at government's end
While there is a strong voice supporting the anti-pollution drive, the Delhi-ites simultaneously feel a need for fine tuning of the formula-making it more convenient and pro-people, without violating the law.
The government has advised for car-pooling, but it's not practical in emergencies due to obvious reasons.