Delhi pollution: Government calls off odd-even plan in NCR

Delhi Govt to allow free travel in all DTC Cluster buses during Nov 13-17 odd-even scheme

Delhi Govt to allow free travel in all DTC Cluster buses during Nov 13-17 odd-even scheme

Questioning the Delhi government's odd-even vehicle rationing scheme between 13-17 November proposed to combat the rising pollution levels in the national capital, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has said that it will not allow its implementation until the state government proves its efficacy and that it is not counter-productive. "This one measure you want to implement".

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. "Pollution levels going down are important but women safety is paramount". You (Delhi government) don't have enough CNG buses. The Delhi government had announced a few days back that odd-even scheme would come in effect due to the alarming levels of pollution in Delhi.

"Prove whether the odd-even scheme reduced the pollution in the air or else we will stay the imposition of the scheme", it said.

Citizens of Delhi will have to wait till Monday to know the contours of the third road rationing scheme. It has asked you to implement the measures to combat pollution.

The odd-even scheme will be in place from 8 am to 8 pm and there will exemptions for women drivers and two-wheelers. "I know public transport suffers from several issues, but we need to start thinking and act before it is too late".

In 2007 the Delhi Court had said that 11,000 busses are required to cover 865 routes of the city.

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The NGT on Friday had barred the Delhi government from implementing the odd-even scheme in the capital and even asked the state government to prove its efficacy.

The Delhi government had Thursday announced the return of the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme, under which private cars with odd and even number plates will be allowed to ply on roads only on alternate days.

On April 21, last year, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had told NGT that there was no data to suggest that the odd-even scheme has led to a decline in vehicular pollution in Delhi-NCR.

The national capital is experiencing "severe" air quality under a blanket of thick haze, as pollution levels have breached permissible standards by multiple times.

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