No odd-even without exemptions, says Delhi government

AAP MLA and Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Khaira burning paddy stubble in Samrala near Ludhiana on Oct 15

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". "This one measure you want to implement". It also asked the Delhi government to explain why women and two-wheelers have been exempted from the odd-even scheme. The Delhi cabinet went into a huddle and reached a consensus that given the load it would put on Delhi's transport system and pose a threat to women's security, it would not be feasible to go ahead , As Reported By TOI.

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.

The NGT also asked the Delhi Traffic Police to deploy its personnel at traffic lights, observing that nearly all the main roads in the city are witness to diesel vehicles which are older than 10 years and petrol vehicles which are older than 15 years.

Earlier, the government announced exemptions for women drivers, two-wheelers and vehicles carrying children in school uniforms, besides VVIPs.

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. Both SC and NGT suggested 100 measures to curb pollution but you always opted for odd-even.

Women's security can not be compromised, will consider if exemptions granted, says govt. "I know public transport suffers from several issues, but we need to start thinking and act before it is too late". Hearing will continue tomorrow.

He said only CNG vehicles, emergency services such as ambulance and fire, and vehicles carrying waste shall be exempted.

The Delhi government had Thursday announced the return of the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme, under which private cars with odd and even number plates will be allowed to ply on roads only on alternate days.

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

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

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