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Air pollution: NGT to examine odd-even scheme

12 November 2017
Air pollution: NGT to examine odd-even scheme

Delhi meanwhile continued to wrest with toxic air on Saturday as the level of pollutants were in the severe category for the fifth successive day.

The Green panel directed the counsel appearing for the Delhi government to be ready with all the requisite data and show before it the reason for implementing the latest odd-even scheme.

Delhi government made a decision to bring back odd-even vehicle rationing system in order to curb Delhi pollution which has risen to alarming levels in the past few days.

The NGT on Friday had asked the Delhi government to submit before it the results of the earlier two phases of the odd-even. The tribunal directed that odd-even should be implemented "right away" without waiting for 48 hours, in case PM2.5 and PM10 go beyond 400 and 700 units respectively.

While hearing the matter, the NGT asked the Delhi government to impose a fine of Rs 1 lakh on builders found violating directions, as construction work has been halted in view of smog and air pollution.

"The odd-even will go on".

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked Delhi government to provide details of the benefits during the earlier implementation of the scheme.

Hinting to put a brake on the odd-even auto scheme, the NGT directed the counsel appearing for the Delhi government to prove if the scheme benefitted in controlling the pollution when implement previously. The exemptions were given to women, two-wheelers, vehicles carrying children in school uniforms and VVIPs. The much anticipated odd-even traffic plan announced for next week was on and off within a few hours on Saturday. The information was tweeted by Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot.

"In light of the the two conditions by NGT on 2 wheelers & women, at the moment we are calling it off". However, some women agreed that it was high time the government took drastic steps to combat the poor air and said they didn't have a problem with leaving their vehicle at home. We (the Centre) can only help, Delhi government has to implement the reforms on the ground. 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.