No exemption given under Odd-Even, Delhi govt tells Green Court

Leslie Hanson
December 7, 2017

The Delhi government on Wednesday submitted an action plan on combating air pollution to the National Green Tribunal (NGT), which states that the next phase of the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme will include no exemptions.

The action plan also proposes measures like ban on construction activities, entry of trucks, burning of waste, and comes in the wake of the NGT pulling up the Delhi government for failing to come up with a comprehensive strategy to counter the poor air quality in the capital.

The Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government said the odd-even vehicle rule would be implemented in the city without any exemptions if the pollution level touches the "severe" category.

Although the dates of the implementation of the odd-even scheme have not been specified as of now, sources in the Delhi government told Catch that the scheme is likely to take place before the end of year.

The Delhi government was forced to withdraw its appeal for modifications in the odd-even scheme that they made before the tribunal.

The NGT had slammed the Delhi government accusing it of having made a mess of Delhi.

"Odd-Even will come when the air-quality is beyond severe but what about other days?"

Kejriwal had likened the worsening pollution level in Delhi to a gas chamber while holding the neighbouring states such as Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh responsible.

The Delhi government had sought more time to submit the plan on the contention that its Chief Secretary and environment secretary were recently changed and the new officers needed to settle down to finalize the plan.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had cancelled the implementation of Odd-Even-rule last month, claiming that they can not risk security of women.

EPCA had also asked the respective concerned officials of NCR for augmentation of the public transport for Odd-Even with minimum exemptions - (ambulance and school buses).

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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