NGT gives Delhi government nod to implement odd-even scheme

NGT Approves Odd-Even in Delhi; no Exemption to 2-Wheelers, Govt Servants, Women, VIPs

NGT Approves Odd-Even in Delhi; no Exemption to 2-Wheelers, Govt Servants, Women, VIPs

Coming down heavily on the Delhi government for allegedly not doing much on the alarming pollution level in the air in the state, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday hinted to hold the odd-even scheme until proven "productive". You should have done this earlier if you wanted to.

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.

NGT asks the Delhi government to prove whether the odd-even scheme has reduced pollution. You (Delhi government) don't have enough CNG buses.

The NGT also questioned the exemption given to two-wheelers, saying these are a major pollution contributor in Delhi where schools are shut for the week.

The tribunal also pulled up the CMD of DTC for not reading the former judgements on Odd Even Scheme and said that it was unfortunate.

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After the NGT order, the Delhi government said it will approach the top green court again on Monday and request that exemptions be given for women drivers and two-wheelers, and subject to its decision, the government will "consider implementing it again". However, some women agreed that it was high time the government took drastic steps to combat the poor air and said they didn't have a problem with leaving their vehicle at home. Hearing will continue tomorrow.

The NGT on Friday had barred the Delhi government from implementing the odd-even scheme in the capital and even asked the state government to prove its efficacy.

Pollution levels are 30 times the World Health Organisation's recommended limit in some areas of the national capital.

The road rationing scheme was suppose to be implemented from November 13 to 17 as suggested by the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) and specified under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), after Delhi's air quality went "beyond severe".

The NGT's decision came after the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) told the bench that two-wheelers were more polluting than other vehicles, and emissions from two-wheelers accounted for over 20 per cent of the total vehicular pollution.

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