No odd-even soon as NGT stays firm on not allowing exemptions
City Govt Files Yet Another Petition, Hearing Tomorrow
New Delhi: There will be no rollout of the odd-even traffic plan in the next few days after the National Green Tribunal refused to allow exemptions for women and two-wheelers, following which the Delhi go- vernment on Tuesday withdrew its petition for implementing the scheme. It later filed a fresh plea which will be heard on Thursday.
Lambasting the city government, an NGT bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar said, “When reports have stated that two-wheelers are more polluting than four-wheelers, why do you intend to give arbitrary exemptions? Is this a joke? What does one stand to gain from this?”
The tribunal also refused to grant any exemption to women, asking the Delhi government why they could not run special ladies’ buses instead during the odd-even period. “Are you (Delhi government) not responsible for safety of ladies who do not have cars and travel by Metro and buses on a daily basis? Why can’t you have special ladies’ buses?” the bench asked.
Withdrawing the initial petition after the NGT asked the Delhi government to come up with “more logical explanations”, the government filed a fresh petition late on Tuesday evening asking the tribunal to direct neighbouring states to implement the odd-even scheme while still seeking exemptions for women and two-wheelers on the grounds that the city did not have sufficient buses.
The fresh petition, similar to the previous one, states that the government would add 2,000 more bu-