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

12 November, 2017, 02:05 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • NGT Approves Odd-Even in Delhi; no Exemption to 2-Wheelers, Govt Servants, Women, VIPs

The Delhi government can not risk the safety of women during odd-even period. The government does not want to take risks with women security.

Cab companies on Friday said they have accepted the Delhi government's request to not effect surge pricing for successful implementation of the odd-even scheme, which will be enforced in the city from November 13 to 17. "If 30 lakh two-wheelers are off the road, Delhi's public transport system can not accommodate the surge", added Gehlot. 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. Mr Gahlot said the authorities are ready to roll it out immediately if the exemptions are granted. 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. When statistics indicate that rains lead to a fall in pollution levels, why did you take time to spray water?

Earlier in the day, the NGT gave the go ahead to the odd-even scheme from November 13-17 and said there will be no exemptions for women, two-wheelers and government vehicles. Earlier, the state government had exempted the 2-wheelers and CNG-run vehicles from the odd-even rule. The tribunal directed to implement the odd-even "right away" without waiting for 48 hours, in case PM2.5 and PM10 go beyond 400 and 700 units respectively.

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

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In 2007 the Delhi Court had said that 11,000 busses are required to cover 865 routes of the city. "No exemption of any kind to anyone, including two-wheelers, women, public officers or politicians, except essential services", NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said on Saturday.

The NGT's decision came after the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) told the bench that two-wheelers were more polluting than other vehicles, and emissions from two-wheelers accounted for over 20 per cent of the total vehicular pollution.

The NGT also criticised the government for its late action in check the dip in air quality.

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