Delhi government relents, says Odd-Even rule to have no exceptions

Elias Hubbard
December 7, 2017

The Delhi Government on Wednesday announced that there will be no exemptions under the odd-even scheme, in its action plan to combat pollution submitted before the National Green Tribunal.

"We will implement the Odd-Even scheme next time as directed by the tribunal, which is no exemptions", Delhi government counsel Tarunvir Singh Khehar said.

Although the dates of the implementation of the odd-even scheme have not been specified as of now, sources in the Delhi government told Catch that the scheme is likely to take place before the end of year.

The prevailing level of PM2.5 in the capital was hovering around 433 microgrammes per cubic metre, while PM10 stood at around 617, as per latest CPCB data.

The Delhi government then filed a review plea stating that it sought exemptions due to inadequate numbers of public buses.

However, on Monday, the green court lashed out at the Arvind Kejriwal-government for not filing a comprehensive action plan to curb pollution and slammed authorities for holding the India-Sri Lanka cricket match despite poor air quality.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar passed the direction while observing that the air quality in the national capital was never normal.

"Odd-Even will come when the air-quality is beyond severe but what about other days?" The entry of trucks in Delhi will also be banned when pollution levels are "severe'". While the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan had filed their action plans with the tribunal, the Delhi government had failed to do so.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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