After NGT rap, Delhi government defers odd-even

Violet Powell
November 12, 2017

It also directed the Delhi government to ban on the construction works that are going in the city.

The Delhi government on Friday announced free service in all Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses, as well as cluster buses, for all commuters during the Odd-Even scheme, which will kick off on November 13 and continue till November 17.

In the afternoon today, the NGT chaired a meet to examine the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government's odd-even vehicle rationing scheme for five days, starting from November 13.

The tribunal on Friday said the scheme was a "farce", and that it can not be implemented from next week without its permission.

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 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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The Tribunal disapproved all the exemptions that were given by the city government during the previous two phases of odd-even in January and April 2016. "This is not feasible to arrange such a large number of buses at this stage", a Delhi government statement said.

NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the government whether the LG's approval was taken for the implementation of the odd-even rule. "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. Both SC and NGT suggested 100 measures to curb pollution but you always opted for odd-even. Has odd-even been productive in reducing pollution level?

During the hearing on Saturday, the Central Pollution Control Board submitted that they had warned the Delhi government orally in advance about the impending problem, which the Delhi government denied.

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

The tribunal on Saturday also asked the Uttar Pradesh Government about the number of violators challaned in Noida and Greater Noida.

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