Brakes on odd-even in Delhi as NGT rejects exemptions

No odd-even scheme until Delhi govt proves it is effective NGT

Delhi-NCR still under spell of dense smog

"When the situation is improving, the government is trying to implement the odd-even scheme".

The green body said, "The Supreme Court has not passed any order asking the state government to implement the odd-even scheme".

In order to crack the whip on alarming levels of pollution in the city, the Delhi government on Thursday announced that the odd-even vehicle rationing system would be re-introduced.

Stating that Delhi the government could not compromise on the safety of women, Gahlot added that the city government also did not have enough busses or alternatives for the public transport to accommodate over 60 lakh two-wheeler riders.

Before refusing an exemption to the two-wheelers, the NGT asked the government about reasons behind exemptions and the impact of pollution emanating from two-wheelers.

The NGT, which gave a conditional nod to the scheme, said that it should be implemented as and when PM (particulate matter) 10 level goes above 500 micrograms per cubic metre and PM 2.5 level crosses the limit of 300 micrograms per cubic metre and persist for 48 hours at a stretch. To this, the Delhi Government stated that this couldn't be said as of now.

"Why wasn't this implemented when the air quality index had become bad?" the NGT said.

"Prove whether the odd-even scheme reduced the pollution in the air or else we will stay the imposition of the scheme", it said. The NGT asked DTC on the number of unused buses in its workshops. Both SC and NGT suggested 100 measures to curb pollution but you always opted for odd-even. It also rapped the Arvind Kejriwal government over delay in decision on sprinkling water. Has odd-even been productive in reducing pollution level?

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.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has recorded "severe" air quality, meaning that the intensity of pollution was extreme.

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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