Brakes on odd-even in Delhi as NGT rejects exemptions

Posted November 12, 2017

"It is a farce". If the Delhi government fails to prove it, the National Green Tribunal will stay the imposition of the scheme, acording to a statement during the hearing of the case.

In order to crack the whip on alarming levels of pollution in the city, the Delhi government on Thursday announced that the odd-even auto rationing system would be re-introduced. The Delhi government had announced a few days back that odd-even scheme would come in effect due to the alarming levels of pollution in Delhi.

The tribunal will hear the Delhi government's reports on what policies have been implemented to counter Delhi pollution and will deliver its verdict on the odd-even scheme on Saturday.

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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.

Earlier in the day, the NGT gave the go ahead to the odd-even scheme from November 13-17 and said there will be no exemptions for women, two-wheelers and government vehicles. "We are slashing prices on Ola Share (facility that helps travellers save cost by sharing it with other Ola users), to be made available starting Rs 35, to encourage adoption of shared rides", Ola said. "This government gives highest priority to the safety and security of women", he added.

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.

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NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the government whether the LG's approval was taken for the implementation of the odd-even rule.

The NGT also criticised the government for its late action in check the dip in air quality.

However, the NGT also hopes that the odd-even scheme would not affect the commuters. Both SC and NGT suggested 100 measures to curb pollution but you always opted for odd-even. The situation has not improved despite a slew of government measures - ordering a halt to construction, restricting auto use and raising parking charges fourfold.

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