Odd-even scheme comes under smog after NGT poser

On these stretches safety seems light years away

The local government in Indian capital of New Delhi on Saturday cancelled its plan to implement odd-even vehicle rationing formula from Monday aimed at reducing the blanket of smog enveloping the city and outskirts, officials said.

The Aam Aadmi Party government had said that they will file a review petition in front of the National Green Tribunal over the odd-even policy, however, the NGT on Monday told media outlets that the Delhi government had not filed any review petition on the policy.

On November 11, the NGT gave a conditional nod to the Delhi government's proposal to implement the odd-even scheme for five days starting from November 13.

The government had exempted women, government officials and two-wheelers from the rationing.

There were speculations that the Delhi government may not file a review petition against the NGT order as a separate petition filed by a citizen is up for hearing in the Supreme Court on Monday afternoon.

The NGT questioned the Delhi government over not filing a review petition and wondered if its statement on Saturday was a media gimmick.

The NGT had on November 11 given a conditional nod to the AAP government's decision to implement the odd-even auto rationing scheme for five days from November 13, ordering that no exemption should be allowed to "any person or officer and two-wheelers".


He also claimed that the air pollution in Punjab and Haryana was worse than Delhi. "No single person, government or organisation can improve the air quality of Delhi", Khattar wrote to Kejriwal, also asking him what steps has the AAP taken to check stubble burning within the national capital. Sharma added that despite the case, which is to be heard in the Supreme Court, the review petition will be filed in NGT. However, it asked the government to remove all exemptions from the scheme except for emergency vehicles.

The worldwide permissible limit for PM2.5 - particles in air with diameter less than 2.5mm - is 25 units (micro gram per cubic metre), while for India it is 60 units.

Also Read: Delhi Govt. It has been a week that health emergency is declared in Delhi as hazardous smog clouds the region, making it risky for the people to breath.

Ghaziabad was the most polluted city in the entire NCR, with PM2.5 at an astounding 848 units at 4 p.m - 33 times the safe limit.

The directive was issued by agriculture ministry in wake of the increasing levels of pollution in New Delhi.

"The state government still went ahead with the scheme, even though their own Delhi Pollution Board said it was not effective, and in fact, worsened the situation in phase-1 and phase-2".

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