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Even odd rule: Common man most affected

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By Harshmeet Singh

Delhi Government’s decision to prohibit the odd and even numbered private vehicles on alternate days was probably the biggest news to come out yesterday. The decision was lauded by many, refuted by some but ignored by none. Within hours of the news, different memes started to do rounds on the internet and the public started to voice their opinions on the social media. The speed at which the news spread highlighted the impact of even odd rule on the common man.

Delhi won’t be the first place in the world to implement such a rule. The even-odd rationing has been enforced in a number of other countries for varying reasons. In 1979, when Iran and Iraq were going through turbulent times and weren’t able to contribute to the world’s oil output, the oil prices shot up considerably. To tackle the situation, the US went for odd-even rationing, allowing even and odd numbered vehicles to buy gasoline on alternate days. Similar strategies, albeit to restrict the burgeoning traffic, have been put into action in cities such as Athens, Mexico city, Manila and Quito (Ecuador). Beijing also made use of this rule for 2 months prior to the 2008 Olympics to improve the air quality in the city.

This move by the Delhi Government comes after the Delhi High Court’s remark that living in Delhi is similar to “living in a gas chamber”. However, despite all the good intentions that are behind this decision, it is at best, a knee-jerk reaction from the government. This decision follows the controversial four-hold salary hike that the Delhi MLAs gifted themselves as an advance New Year bonanza.

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The new traffic rule would hit the lower and middle class the hardest while having little impact on the high-class people, most of whom own more than one car anyway. Considering the purchasing power of the affluent class in Delhi, this decision may very well result in a spike in car sales in the National capital. For the middle-class populace, who used to take their motorbike or the budget car at work, it is time to shell out extra bucks for those autorickshaws who refuse to go by the meter.

Pawandeep Singh, a resident of Dwarka in Delhi, drives to work to Gurgaon every day, along with his wife. He is ready to invest in another car to avoid the hassles. He tells NewsGram, “If I have to go to Gurgaon from Dwarka, there is no adequate metro connectivity. I would be willing to buy a second hand car with an odd-numbered number plate rather than changing multiple buses and autos.”

Urvashi Chaurasia, who lives in Saket, says that she is ‘surprised’ by this ‘mindless’ decision. In an interaction with NewsGram, she says, “I haven’t given a thought to what I would do after this mindless decision. But I am certainly not going to travel in those overcrowded buses and over-priced autos.”

The Kejriwal government seems to have jumped the gun with this decision. It should have first put the city’s public transport in order before going for such a radical step. The number of DTC buses is way below the requirement. The metro coaches are packed on most of the routes and their frequency is much lower than adequate. Both of these modes of transport fail to offer the last mile connectivity which is dearly needed in a huge city like Delhi. It gives an opportunity to the autorickshaws to make merry and demand higher fares.

The only option left for the common man to avoid much hassles is car pooling. But the deteriorating law and order situation in the city can make anyone skeptical at the thought of sharing his car with someone else. Delhi seems to be unprepared for such a move on all counts. With public transport that is nowhere near ‘world class’, the common man can’t afford road space rationing.

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10 lesser known facts about Kriti Sanon’s life

Kriti Sanon is not just a pretty face. She is very intelligent and has completed her B.Tech from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology in Uttar Pradesh.

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Kriti Sanon is a relatively new actress who has proved her mettle in just a span of few movies. Wikimedia Commons
Kriti Sanon is a relatively new actress who has proved her mettle in just a span of few movies. Wikimedia Commons
  • Kriti Sanon is a well-known name in Bollywood. She is one of the most talented and beautiful new generation Bollywood actresses.
  • Kriti has worked in many famous movies like Heropanti, Bareilly ki Barfi and Dilwale.
  • This 5”8′ inches tall actress has been winning hearts and awards since her debut in the film industry.

The ‘Bareilly ki Barfi’ fame actress, Kriti Sanon is an actress and model, born and brought up in Delhi. She is among one of the most beautiful new generation actresses and has proved her mettle in the film industry in a very short span of time.

Kriti Sanon has made a name for herself in Bollywood in a really short span of time. Instagram.
Kriti Sanon has made a name for herself in Bollywood in a really short span of time. Instagram

Not only is she gorgeous, but she is also very talented. Her acting skills have been appreciated by both audiences and critics. This Delhi girl has been winning hearts since her Bollywood debut in, ‘Heropanti.’ Here are 10 facts about Kriti Sanon’s life which you may now know:

Her first movie wasn’t Heropanti.

Most of us think that Kriti Sanon’s first movie was Heropanti, but this is certainly not true. Before debuting in Bollywood, Sanon had already made a name for herself in the Telugu film industry. She worked in the Telugu thriller name ‘Nenok Kadine,‘ opposite the superstar Mahesh Babu. Her performance was well received by the audience there.

Kriti Sanon debut in the film industry was a Telugu movie opposite Mahesh Babu. IANS
Kriti Sanon debut in the film industry was a Telugu movie opposite Mahesh Babu. IANS

She is a beauty with brains.

Kriti Sanon is not just a pretty face. She is very intelligent and has completed her B.Tech in Electronics and Communication from well known Jaypee Institute of Information Technology in Uttar Pradesh. So yes, if she wouldn’t have been an actress, she would’ve had a lucrative career as an engineer.

She came from a highly educated family.

Intelligence seems to be in her genes. Her father is a Chartered Accountant and her mother teaches at the University of Delhi. She is the elder daughter and has a younger sister, Nupur who is inclined towards music.

Kriti comes from a highly educated family. Wikimedia Commons
Kriti comes from a highly educated family. Wikimedia Commons

Kriti has a sweet tooth.

Kriti Sanon has a stunning figure, which obviously needs lots of maintaining. However, that doesn’t stop the ‘Bareilly ki Barfi’ actress from indulging in deserts. She loves to have everything sweet whether it is chocolates or ‘Gajar Ha Halwa’, she loves them all equally.

She is a Salman Khan fan.

But well then, who isn’t? Kriti Sanon is a huge Salman Khan fan and has claimed to have watched all his movies multiple times.

Salman Khan is Kriti Sonan's favourite actor. Wikimedia Commons
Salman Khan is Kriti Sonan’s favourite actor. Wikimedia Commons

Acting is not her only interest.

Kriti is a true performer. Apart from acting, she loves to dance in her free time. She is a trained Kathak dancer. She also loves to travel and Goa is her favourite holiday destination. Apart from that, she loves to cook. This intellectual beauty is also a huge fan of reading and writing poetry.

Kriti Sanon loves to read and write poetry. Wikimedia Commons
Kriti Sanon loves to read and write poetry. Wikimedia Commons

Her idols are ideal.

Kriti Sanon’s favourite actresses are Kajol and legendary Rekha. She counts them among her idols. Kriti had a chance of working with Kajol in the movie ‘Dilwale,’ which definitely would’ve been a dream come true for her.

She loves perfumes.

Kriti loves perfumes and has admitted of her wardrobe is full of them. Her favourite perfume brand is said to be Davidoff’s Coolwater.

She is not a girly girl.

She may look beautifully fragile, but this actress is tougher than you think. She is a big fan of boxing and loves practising it, it is her favourite sport. She also loves to ride cars and bikes, whenever she gets free time.

Kriti is more of a tomboy and loves boxing. Wikimedia Commons
Kriti is more of a tomboy and loves boxing. Wikimedia Commons

Her favourite season is Monsoon.

Kriti Sanon loves the season of monsoon. One of her favourite things to do is to sit near her window comfortably and enjoy the rain outside. Now, that’s something we all love to do.