After NGT rap, Delhi government defers odd-even

Randolph Lopez
November 12, 2017

The tribunal gave its approval for the scheme even as it asked if the scheme was being implemented with the consent of both the Lieutenant Governor as well as the Delhi government. The NGT said that only emergency vehicles will get exemption during the Odd-Even scheme.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government has announced free travel for commuters in all state transport corporation run busses and cluster buses between November 13 and 17, as odd-even scheme is imposed. As done the previous time, it had exempted two-wheelers, women and government servants from this scheme.

NGT asks the Delhi government to prove whether the odd-even scheme has reduced pollution.

However, the NGT refused to give any relaxation to two-wheelers from the rule. 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. The government has chose to file a review petition on Monday in the NGT requesting to give exemptions to two wheelers and women.

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"Why wasn't this implemented when the air quality index had become bad?" the NGT said. A decade has passed by and still the DTC is short with at least with 50% busses than the required number. The Delhi cabinet went into a huddle and reached a consensus that given the load it would put on Delhi's transport system and pose a threat to women's security, it would not be feasible to go ahead , As Reported By TOI.

Even as the NGT gave its go-ahead to Odd-Even, it observed that water sprinkling was a better way of curbing pollution.

The scheme will come into effect Monday for a week and the Delhi government claims it will cut down vehicular pollution to half, one of the major sources of pollution. Central Pollution Control Board submitted before the National Green Tribunal that rain could take place in the next two days. The NGT directed all the neighboring state Governments and departments to ensure complete mechanism during environmental emergency, saying they must not wait for crisis situation.

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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