Odd-Even Scheme

During December 2015 and January 2016 (at least for the first 15 days) Delhi (capital city of India) was in the news for the initiative called odd-even scheme which was in place to curb the ever increasing pollution due to the traffic. Delhi has seen a steady increase in air pollution over the years. So the authorities decided to introduce this scheme to reduce the number of vehicles on the road. How does this work? Let me not bore you with those details. You can check it out here in depthย if you are interested. Long story short, the cars whose numbers end with an odd number should not be seen driving along with the ones that end with an even number on a day scheduled for an even number. FYI: Here in India, all vehicles do have numbers at the end. They can’t have names associated with it as in other countries.
Looks like this scheme isn’t unique or even new. Various countries have adopted this whenever they have had to deal with the traffic and pollution. Mostly the developing countries. It was called Road space rationing. Looks like even Julius Caesar used it during his days back then and I quote from the Wikipedia,

The earliest known implementation of road space rationing took place in Rome, as carriages and carts pulled by horses created serious congestion problems in several Roman cities. In 45 B.C., Julius Caesar declared the center of Rome off-limits between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. to all vehicles except for carriages transporting priests, officials, visitors, and high ranking citizens.

Not exactly the odd-even scheme, but still it was rather smart of him heh.

Now let me end it with a well known brain teaser

I am an odd number; take away an alphabet and I become even. What number am I?

Answer: Seven! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: โ€œodd/even.โ€ Use one, use both, use โ€™em any way youโ€™d like! Enjoy!

SoCS Badge by HopeFloats@ My Leaky Boat



  1. Rupali · January 23, 2016

    I read many things about odd-even driving rule in Delhi. The way local have supported it and the social media has reacted, mostly sarcastically. Not only developing countries but developed nations follow the rule, if necessary on temporary basis.
    Weather conditions (extreme cold) with no snow and vehicles on road increased the air pollution in the beginning of january in Northern Europe. The cities situated surrounded by mountains were highly affected. OK the pollution norms here are different than in Delhi. But still the municipality decided about odd-even driving and moreover they increase the toll for the particular period to get into the city. There were some discussions but people accepted as it was for our own benefit.

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    • KG · January 23, 2016

      Thank you for the update ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s good to hear that in spite of all the criticism people do accept things for their own benefit sometimes

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  2. swo8 · January 23, 2016

    I think they do that in Beijing too. Some people get around it by having two cars – one with and even licence plate and the other one is odd. This was ten years ago.

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    • KG · January 24, 2016

      A nice way of selling cars too ๐Ÿ™‚ They have done the trial period and now we need to see if it will put to effect

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      • swo8 · January 24, 2016

        Beijing still has a problem and they have been doing this for over 10 years.


        • KG · January 24, 2016

          Then I guess we should try it out. It might help in the longer run.

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  3. Deborah Drucker · January 24, 2016

    Interesting post on odd/even and I like the riddle. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • KG · January 24, 2016

      Thank you Deborah ๐Ÿ™‚ It was very coincidental that this word would come up when we were reading about the traffic woes once the trial period ended. I got lucky I guess ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. dalecooper57 · January 25, 2016

    This is a regular thing in Paris too, a good idea I think.

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    • KG · January 25, 2016

      Aaah! Nice to hear that many capital cities follow this scheme. I guess then these people out here should really try it for a while.

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