Delhi govt takes a U-turn, calls off odd-even scheme

Trevor Jackson
November 12, 2017

Hours after the National Green Tribunal gave its nod for the implementation of the odd-even plan with certain riders, now the Delhi government has called off the scheme which was supposed to come into force from November 13 to November 17 in the national capital. The NGT said that a hundred measures have been suggested to curb pollution, but the government always opts for Odd-Even.

"It is a farce". The Delhi government can not risk the safety of women during odd-even period.

However, experts had questioned the timing of the move, given that the air quality may improve by then, and pointed out that two earlier editions in 2016 had failed to alleviate pollution levels.

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.

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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. "No exemption of any kind to any one, including two-wheelers, women, public officers or politicians, except essential services", NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar ordered on Saturday, adding that only CNG vehicles, emergency services such as ambulance and fire, and vehicles carrying waste shall be exempted. "You are only enriching the contractors through the order", it said. "Pollution levels going down are important but women safety is paramount". Following this, the NGT gave a go-ahead to odd-even but with conditions.

"Why wasn't this implemented when the air quality index had become bad?" the NGT said. "The number of buses that would have been available during the odd-even scheme is not totally adequate even for the present demand".

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) told the tribunal that they had warned the Kejriwal government orally in advance about the impending problem. 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.

The tribunal on Saturday also asked the Uttar Pradesh Government about the number of violators challaned in Noida and Greater Noida.

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