NGT gives Delhi government nod to implement odd-even scheme

Marie Harrington
November 12, 2017

The government earlier to ensure smooth transportation had directed the Delhi Transport Corporation to hire at least 500 buses in the city.

Questioning the Delhi government's odd-even auto 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.

After NGT's order, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a meeting and decided not to go ahead with the third phase without exemptions, pointing to concerns over "women security" and "insufficient public transport".

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

Delhi government chose to bring back odd-even vehicle rationing system in order to curb Delhi pollution which has risen to alarming levels in the past few days. The tribunal said that in spite of several measures suggested by the apex court and the tribunal, the Delhi government failed to implement any of the suggestions.

"In light of the two conditions by the NGT on 2-wheelers and women drivers, at the moment we are calling it off (the odd-even scheme)", Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot said.

More news: 'Doctor Who' Reveals Jodie Whittaker's Female Doctor Costume

"The odd-even will go on". The state government would prefer, as in the earlier versions, to allow women and two-wheelers to use the road at will. "You are only enriching the contractors through the order", it said.

However, the NGT refused to give any relaxation to two-wheelers from the rule.

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.

Taking strong exception to the decision to increase parking fees in Delhi by four times, the NGT ordered the city government and the authorities concerned to reconsider the decision.

The NGT's decision came after the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) told the bench that two-wheelers were more polluting than other vehicles, and emissions from two-wheelers accounted for over 20 per cent of the total vehicular pollution.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER