NGT dis­misses Delhi govt plea on odd-even ex­emp­tions


The Na­tional Green Tri­bunal (NGT) on Tues­day re­jected the Delhi gov­ern­ment’s plea seek­ing ex­emp­tions for women driv­ers and two-wheelers in its an odd-even car ra­tioning scheme to tackle air pol­lu­tion in the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion, ef­fec­tively rul­ing out any chance of the scheme be­ing im­ple­mented soon.

The NGT also pulled up the govern­ments of Delhi, Ut­tar Pradesh, Haryana and Pun­jab for blam­ing each other for the de­cline in air qual­ity and asked them to list the steps taken to con­trol pol­lu­tion.

The de­ci­sion to im­ple­ment the odd-even scheme was taken by the Delhi gov­ern­ment last week af­ter the city wit­nessed ‘se­vere’ and ‘emer­gency’ lev­els of air qual­ity.

The gov­ern­ment was set to in­tro­duce the ‘odd-even’ scheme for the pe­riod 13-17 Novem­ber, but shelved the plan af­ter the NGT on Satur­day ruled against the sev­eral ex­emp­tions pro­vided in the scheme.

On Mon­day, the gov­ern­ment had ap­proached the tri­bunal specif­i­cally seek­ing ex­emp­tions for women driv­ers and two wheelers. The gov­ern­ment with­drew its ap­pli­ca­tion on Tues­day af­ter it failed to con­vince the NGT.

The tri­bunal also ques­tioned the gov­ern­ment over the num­ber of pub­lic trans­port buses in the city and said that the gov­ern­ment claimed it or­dered thou­sands of buses but hadn’t got a sin­gle one yet.

The tri­bunal di­rected Delhi to en­sure that diesel ve­hi­cles that are more than 10 years old are re­moved from city roads with­out any de­lay. It also said the city should not gift in­fected lungs to its chil­dren.

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