Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Smog-hit Delhi calls off odd-even auto rationing plan

Smog-hit Delhi calls off odd-even auto rationing plan

The Aam Aadmi Party government had said that they will file a review petition in front of the National Green Tribunal over the odd-even policy, however, the NGT on Monday told media outlets that the Delhi government had not filed any review petition on the policy.

The state government said Thursday it would impose vehicle rationing for the world's most polluted capital over five days starting Monday in the hopes of improving air quality, as doctors declared a public health emergency.

The NGT also asked the government to provide reasons for exempting two-wheelers from the scheme. The decision was announced hours after the National Green Tribunal's conditional acceptance of the odd-even scheme which demanded the scrapping of exemptions for women and two-wheelers.

It also questioned the justification of exempting two-wheelers and women drivers during the odd-even scheme despite knowing that - as per an IIT Kanpur report - two-wheelers caused 46 percent pollution.

Pollution levels skyrocketed in Delhi on Sunday with the air quality becoming hazardous, which environmental agencies consider unfit for inhalation even by healthy people.

According to it, about 3,500 new buses were being procured to ply in the national capital. Sharma added that despite the case, which is to be heard in the Supreme Court, the review petition will be filed in NGT.

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The levels of PM2.5 and PM10 continued to rise even as both central and Delhi governments claimed partial relief during the afternoon.

On Saturday, the green court gave the go ahead to the odd-even scheme and disapproved of all the exemptions that were given during the previous two phases of odd-even in January and April 2016.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud considered the submission of lawyer RK Kapoor that rise in dust particles on roads, stubble burning in Delhi's neighbouring states like Haryana and Punjab have led to an alarming rise in pollution levels in the National Capital region and its adjoining areas.

Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar today replied to his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal's letter, seeking time to meet and discuss pollution and stubble burning.

The Met office has forecast rain on November 15.

After a spate of awful experiences on buses, the only other mode of transport available to me is the Delhi Metro. "It is hard to say what the outcome of this exercise was", says Saransh Sharma who is a parent of a school-going child at a Delhi government school.

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