NGT slams Delhi govt on Odd-Even, verdict today

Jerome Frank
November 12, 2017

The Green panel directed the counsel appearing for the Delhi government to be ready with all the requisite data and show before it the reason for implementing the latest odd-even scheme. However, some women agreed that it was high time the government took drastic steps to combat the poor air and said they didn't have a problem with leaving their auto at home.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT), having first questioned the need for implementing the scheme, hauled Delhi government over the coals before giving its nod with the rider that there won't be any exemptions - women, two-wheeler riders and government officials included - except for emergency, CNG and hybrid vehicles. "If 30 lakh two-wheelers are off the road, Delhi's public transport system can not accommodate the surge", added Gehlot.

The AAP government said it will move the NGT on Monday requesting a review of its order and if the exemptions are granted, the scheme's implementation "will be considered". "Pollution levels going down are important but women safety is paramount". The tribunal said that in spite of several measures suggested by the apex court and the tribunal, the Delhi government failed to implement any of the suggestions.

"The odd-even will go on".

Earlier in the day, the NGT gave a go-ahead to the Delhi government on odd-even with no exemption for the two-wheelers, women and VIPs. The tribunal directed that odd-even should be implemented "right away" without waiting for 48 hours, in case PM2.5 and PM10 go beyond 400 and 700 units respectively.

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"We will not allow it until you prove that it's not counter-productive", the NGT said.

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

The NGT today also asked the Delhi government the rationale behind implementing the Odd-Even scheme now and not when air quality was worse.

It even asked why the Delhi government why it has not gone ahead with sprinkling water on the city to combat the toxic smog, which has triggered a pollution emergency.

The scheme will come into effect Monday for a week and the Delhi government claims it will cut down vehicular pollution to half, one of the major sources of pollution. The NGT also said, "It is most worrying that there is absolute non cooperation between various departments of government".

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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