Delhi pollution: Government calls off odd-even plan in NCR

NGT Approves Odd-Even in Delhi; no Exemption to 2-Wheelers, Govt Servants, Women, VIPs

The scheme, which had evoked major controversy in Delhi, had been tried in other cities of the world in the past, including Mexico, Paris, Bogota and Beijing.

The odd-even scheme will be in place from 8 am to 8 pm and there will exemptions for women drivers and two-wheelers.

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. 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. It also asked the Delhi government to explain why women and two-wheelers have been exempted from the odd-even scheme. To this, the Delhi Government stated that this couldn't be said as of now.

However, the NGT refused to give any relaxation to two-wheelers from the rule.

While passing several directives, the NGT said every entry point to Delhi should be properly managed by the city government, the corporations should ensure that there was no congestion, and Uttar Pradesh and Haryana should depute special forces at the border of the national capital to avoid traffic jams.

"Prove whether the odd-even scheme reduced the pollution in the air or else we will stay the imposition of the scheme", it said.




He said only CNG vehicles, emergency services such as ambulance and fire, and vehicles carrying waste shall be exempted. "Accommodating 30 lakh more passengers would mean procuring at least 3,000 more buses, which is not possible at such a short notice", said a DTC official.

Even as the NGT gave its go-ahead to Odd-Even, it observed that water sprinkling was a better way of curbing pollution. "The big question is about the safety of women".

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

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 National Green Tribunal further criticised the Delhi government asking "When situation is improving, the government is trying to implement it".

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