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Odd-Even Called Off For Now By The Delhi AAP Government

Odd-Even Called Off For Now By The Delhi AAP Government

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the Delhi government to submit before it the details of the ambient air quality during the earlier implementation of the odd-even scheme. The tribunal said that even parents dropping their kids to school should not be implemented.

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. Vaibhavi, a resident of south Delhi who travels daily to Gurgaon for work, said, "If the government wants to implement the odd-even plan, it either needs to provide alternatives for women or allow us to use our cars every day". "This is not feasible to arrange such a large number of buses at this stage", a Delhi government statement said.

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. "The government should find other solutions to curb pollution and stop experimenting with peoples' lives".

He said only CNG vehicles, emergency services such as ambulance and fire, and vehicles carrying waste shall be exempted. The tribunal gave its approval for the scheme even as it asked if the scheme was being implemented with the consent of both the Lieutenant Governor as well as the Delhi government.

The NGT also criticised the government for its late action in check the dip in air quality. A decade has passed by and still the DTC is short with at least with 50% busses than the required number. When statistics indicate that rains lead to a fall in pollution levels, why did you take time to spray water?

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

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.

"The situation in the capital is improving".

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