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Journal of Resources, Energy and Development
Year : 2020, Volume : 17, Issue : 1
First page : ( 27) Last page : ( 38)
Print ISSN : 0975-7554. Online ISSN : 0974-0929.

Impact of odd-even scheme on travel pattern in Delhi

Thakur Palak*, Qamar Sharif

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, India

*Corresponding Author: palak.thakur@teri.res.in

Online published on 30 May, 2021.


The paper intends to assess the impact of the odd-even scheme on the travel pattern of the daily commuters in Delhi. The objective of the paper is to assess the impact of the odd-even scheme on mode choice for daily work trips, shift in travel patterns-before, during, and post-implementation-of the odd-even scheme, and to understand people perception regarding the odd-even scheme. Based on the primary survey, the paper concludes that the odd-even scheme brought a significant impact in the travel pattern in terms of occupancy, travel cost, travel time, and modal shift, and statistically not so much on the air quality gain. It was observed that the scheme helped increase the occupancy rate in cars as well as ridership of buses and Delhi metro. The scheme had a huge impact on congestion, which was evident from both perception analysis and the change in travel time. The modal shift, with an improvement in public transport services and a reduction in car users, is one of the key successes of the scheme resulting in decrease in air pollution caused by private vehicles. To improve the outcome of the odd-even scheme on air pollution, two-wheelers should not be exempted going forward.



Odd-even, Delhi, Travel pattern, Congestion, Mode share, Air pollution.


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