NGT gives Delhi government nod to implement odd-even scheme

12 November, 2017, 02:05 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Smog-like conditions continued in Delhi on Thursday morning with poor air quality and low visibility

The odd-even scheme will be in place from 8 am to 8 pm and there will exemptions for women drivers and two-wheelers. However, some women agreed that it was high time the government took drastic steps to combat the poor air and said they didn't have a problem with leaving their vehicle at home. The information was tweeted by Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot.

"When the situation is improving, the government is trying to implement the odd-even scheme".

In the afternoon today, the NGT chaired a meet to examine the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government's odd-even auto rationing scheme for five days, starting from November 13. The Delhi cabinet went into a huddle and reached a consensus that given the load it would put on Delhi's transport system and pose a threat to women's security, it would not be feasible to go ahead , As Reported By TOI.

Earlier in the day, the NGT gave a go-ahead to the Delhi government on odd-even with no exemption for the two-wheelers, women and VIPs. Earlier, the state government had exempted the 2-wheelers and CNG-run vehicles from the odd-even rule. The tribunal directed that odd-even should be implemented "right away" without waiting for 48 hours, in case PM2.5 and PM10 go beyond 400 and 700 units respectively. "We are slashing prices on Ola Share (facility that helps travellers save cost by sharing it with other Ola users), to be made available starting Rs 35, to encourage adoption of shared rides", Ola said.


The tribunal will hear the Delhi government's reports on what policies have been implemented to counter Delhi pollution and will deliver its verdict on the odd-even scheme on Saturday.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has said there is no data to suggest that the road rationing scheme reduced vehicular pollution in Delhi-NCR. "No exemption of any kind to anyone, including two-wheelers, women, public officers or politicians, except essential services", NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said on Saturday.

While passing several directives, the NGT said every entry point to Delhi should be properly managed by the city government, the corporations should ensure that there was no congestion, and Uttar Pradesh and Haryana should depute special forces at the border of the national capital to avoid traffic jams.

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