Delhi govt to follow court orders on odd-even exemptions

Thursday, 07 Dec, 2017

Delhi government on Wednesday agreed to implement its vehicle-rationing scheme, Odd-Even, without any exemptions as directed by the National Green Tribunal.

The action plan also stated it will shut down all industries causing pollution and has laid a ban on the burning of waste.

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 government of NCT Delhi is equally responsible and it has to provide adequate finances which would help in providing a clean environment. The NGT gave the go-ahead to the government on the condition that women drivers and two-wheelers must be exempted. The entry of trucks in Delhi will also be banned when pollution levels are "severe'".

The Delhi government then filed a review plea stating that it sought exemptions due to inadequate numbers of public buses. "The Delhi government has not followed the promises it made". "The first line of the action plan should be that the air quality level in Delhi never be near the permissible standards. Sit with your respective chief secretaries and make a plan", Justice Kumar directed the Delhi government and neighbouring states - Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. "It should be cumulative and there should be measures for moderate air quality, poor air quality and levels worse than that, including severe", observed the bench, asking the Delhi government for more clarity on each measure, including the road-rationing scheme.