Arvind Kerjiwal Government Re-Files Before National Green Tribunal

Jeannette Daniel
November 14, 2017

However, women, two-wheelers and government servants won't be exempted during the scheme.

Delhi and its surrounding states have been shrouded in a hazardous fog of toxic pollutants for almost a week, prompting authorities to roll out a slew of measures to combat the crisis.

Amid deteriorating weather condition in the national capital, the Delhi government on Monday moved the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to seek for an amendment in its earlier order on the implication of the odd-even scheme.

The NGT had on November 11 given a conditional nod to the AAP government's decision to implement the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme for five days from November 13, ordering that no exemption should be allowed to "any person or officer and two-wheelers".

"In light of the the two conditions by NGT on 2 wheelers and women, at the moment we are calling it off".

"We are requesting the court to reconsider two conditions - one on two-wheelers and the other on ladies - because with both these in place, it will be very hard for us to implement".

The "odd-even" scheme, introduced temporarily previous year, says vehicles with license plates ending in odd numbers can only be driven on odd-numbered dates, and those with even-numbers on others.

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Traffic drives through heavy smog in Delhi, India. If they are not exempted from odd-even scheme, they may shift to public transportation.

The crisis comes amid the annual post-harvest burning of crop stubble and the onset of winter, which together have caused levels of risky pollutants to skyrocket.

The levels of PM2.5 and PM10 continued to rise even as both central and Delhi governments claimed partial relief during the afternoon. The review petition co-incided with the re-opening of schools in the city amid hazardous levels of air pollution.

A case regarding the overall air pollution in Delhi is listed for Tuesday in the NGT.

The "emergency" situation was last witnessed from Thursday till Saturday morning.

NGT gave its nod to the Delhi government to implement the odd even scheme with an underlying objective to improve the dismal air quality. Adding another wave of commuters may result in collapse of public transportation system. Pollution in Delhi gets aggravated during winter months.

Meanwhile, the supreme court has agreed to hear a plea today seeking immediate measures to curb the alarming level of pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). Odd-even is an unnecessary obstacle in the lives of Delhiites. Says he is very busy and can't meet me in Delhi.

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