Delhi's Air Pollution Concern: Regulate or Incentivize?



Case Code : CLMISC024
Publication date : 2016
Subject : Miscellaneous
Industry : -
Organization : Delhi Government
Length : 05 Pages
Teaching Note: Not Available
Country India


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The case discusses Delhi’s mounting air pollution concern and discusses several measures taken by the government to counter Delhi’s air pollution. The case then puts across contrarian facts which do not align to the actions taken by government, hinting that too much focus is being put on stringent regulatory measures on visible and obvious targets like vehicular emissions. Case further unfolds to describe similar measures taken by other nations and perils of implementing regulatory measures without a systems thinking approach.


Understand possible perils of regulatory measures taken without a holistic plan.
Need of incentivisation as a measure to deal with pollution.


On 4th December 2015, the Delhi government announced a road space rationing plan for India’s capital city. The announcement came in the wake of the Delhi High court criticizing living conditions in the capital and comparing it to a “Gas Chamber” and further directing the government to take necessary action to deal with air pollution in the city.

Most of the air monitoring stations had put the air quality in Delhi in the “Severe” category as the PM 2.5 and PM 10 were nearly three times above the safe limit. The key cause of air pollution was reported to be vehicular emissions. In 2015, with a population of 25 million (the second largest in world after Tokyo), Delhi had around 9 million registered vehicles with 1500 vehicles being added every day...

Key words:
Delhi road space rationing, Pollution, Regulations.

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