Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Odd-even scheme to be back? NGT to decide today

Odd-even scheme to be back? NGT to decide today

The National Green Tribunal today gave its nod for the implementation of the Delhi government's odd-even vehicle rationing scheme for five days from November 13 to tackle high pollution level, with certain riders.

Delhi government had made a decision to implement the odd-even scheme for five days from November 13 to 17. If the Delhi government fails to prove it, the National Green Tribunal will stay the imposition of the scheme, acording to a statement during the hearing of the case.

Earlier in the morning, the green court had directed the Delhi government not to exempt two-wheelers, women drivers and government cars from the scheme.

Delhi and its surrounding states have been shrouded in a hazardous fog of toxic pollutants for almost a week, prompting authorities to roll out a slew of measures to combat the crisis.

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He said only CNG vehicles, emergency services such as ambulance and fire, and vehicles carrying waste shall be exempted.

In 2016, exemptions were given to women, two-wheelers, vehicles carrying children in school uniforms and VVIPs. The officials speaking to reporters further said that the government isn't fully ready with public transport.

The tribunal has issued a slew of directions to deal with the worsening air quality in Delhi and neighbouring states, banning construction and industrial activities and entry of trucks, even as it criticised the Delhi government and civic bodies over the situation.

The 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". When statistics indicate that rains lead to a fall in pollution levels, why did you take time to spray water?

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After NGT's order, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a meeting and decided not to go ahead with the third phase without exemptions, pointing to concerns over "women security" and "insufficient public transport".

"There is no likelihood of last week's repeat as there is no fresh influx of pollutants from external sources such as stubble burning or dust storm in the larger region". We (the Centre) can only help, Delhi government has to implement the reforms on the ground.

The odd-even traffic plan is among the remedies that has to come into force in accordance with the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to deal with air pollution.

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