Brakes on odd-even in Delhi as NGT rejects exemptions

Brakes on odd-even in Delhi as NGT rejects exemptions

Brakes on odd-even in Delhi as NGT rejects exemptions

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today said it would examine at 2 PM today the Delhi government's decision to roll out odd-even auto rationing scheme for five days starting from November 13.

"It is a farce". Vaibhavi, a resident of south Delhi who travels daily to Gurgaon for work, said, "If the government wants to implement the odd-even plan, it either needs to provide alternatives for women or allow us to use our cars every day".

The Delhi government had Thursday announced the return of the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme, under which private cars with odd and even number plates will be allowed to ply on roads only on alternate days.

Hinting to put a brake on the odd-even vehicle scheme, the NGT directed the counsel appearing for the Delhi government to prove if the scheme benefitted in controlling the pollution when implement previously.

The NGT also asked the city government to reconsider the four-time hike in the parking fee.

10am: On Thursday, NGT's order directed the government to track down all the hot spots with the PM10 more than 600 and spray water from helicopters or aircraft to tackle dust pollution across the city. The tribunal said that in spite of several measures suggested by the apex court and the tribunal, the Delhi government failed to implement any of the suggestions.

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The government is not ready "to compromise with the safety of women" after the NGT ordered that there should be no exemption to anyone except emergency vehicles like ambulances and fire tenders, he said.

However, the NGT refused to give any relaxation to two-wheelers from the rule.

However, the NGT also hopes that the odd-even scheme would not affect the commuters.

Earlier, a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar had directed the Delhi government to submit before it the details of the ambient air quality during the earlier implementation of the odd-even scheme.

The National Green Tribunal further criticised the Delhi government asking "When situation is improving, the government is trying to implement it".

Following a plea by the AAP government, the green panel however allowed the industries engaged in essential services to operate in Delhi-NCR on the condition that they would not pollute and cause emissions.

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