No odd-even soon as NGT stays firm on not al­low­ing ex­emp­tions

City Govt Files Yet An­other Pe­ti­tion, Hear­ing To­mor­row

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Jas­jeev.Gand­hiok@

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-

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