The Delhi government, which had on Saturday made a decision to halt the odd-even traffic restriction scheme, which was scheduled to be implemented from November 13 to 17, moved the country's top green tribunal on Monday with a review petition.
On November 11, the NGT gave a conditional nod to the Delhi government's proposal to implement the odd-even scheme for five days starting from November 13.
The odd-even scheme was implemented by Delhi government for the first time, from 1 January 2016 to 15 January 2016 and then again from 15 April 2016 to 30 April 2016.
"In light of the the two conditions by NGT on 2 wheelers and women, at the moment we are calling it off".
The NGT questioned the Delhi government over not filing a review petition and wondered if its statement on Saturday was a media gimmick.
Earlier, sources in the Delhi government had told Firstpost that the main submission of the Delhi government in NGT on Monday will be about the problems the odd-even is going to cause if implemented without any exemption.
Twitter users in the smog-choked Indian capital Delhi have criticised the re-introduction of auto rationing as a "tokenistic" effort to curb pollution.
The CNG vehicles and emergency services, such as ambulance and fire engines, will only get exemption during the odd-even scheme. However, unhappy with the NGT order, the Delhi government expressing its inability to enforce the odd-even scheme and said it will move the Tribunal on Monday requesting a review of its order and if the exemptions are granted. Adding another wave of commuters may result in collapse of public transportation system.
Since Tuesday morning, Delhi was covered with thick smog, following which health officials issued advisory to elderly and children to avoid venturing out.
Reports also said, "There was no lawyer from the Delhi government's side present at the hearing that the latter had itself requested".
Delhi's air, among the world's dirtiest, worsens in the winter months. The review petition co-incided with the re-opening of schools in the city amid hazardous levels of air pollution.
Low wind speeds, dust from construction sites, rubbish burning in the capital and firecrackers used in festivals contribute to increased pollution levels. "It is hard to say what the outcome of this exercise was", says Saransh Sharma who is a parent of a school-going child at a Delhi government school.