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Battle for odd-even: NGT says Delhi government yet to file review petition

Battle for odd-even: NGT says Delhi government yet to file review petition

The local government's decision was announced after a cabinet meeting that followed hours after India's environmental court, National Green Tribunal (NGT), granted a conditional permission to the authorities for the scheme.

The NGT had also previously questioned the effectiveness of implementing the odd-even plan. At 1100hrs, nearly every monitoring station across NCR recorded the levels at above 500 - 10 times the "safe" level.

"Further, this government feels that considering the large number of two-wheelers in Delhi, unless adequate number of buses are available, implementation of odd-even will cause great hardship to such persons". We're re-filing before NGT that 2 wheelers and women be exempted from Odd Even, said Rai. "We needed to exempt them from the odd-even scheme", he said.

According to Safar (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research), Delhi's air quality stood at "severe" on Monday, with PM10 readings at 645 microgrammes per cubic metre and PM2.5 at 416 microgrammes per cubic metre. "Whether the Delhi government was only informing the media about a review petition on the Odd-Even scheme since no review petition has been filed as yet", asked NGT as reported by ANI.

Delhi is facing severe air pollution, especially heavy smog.

The entry of trucks except those carrying essentials has been banned in the national capital, besides work on civil construction sites was suspended.

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A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the Delhi government to submit reports or studies on the basis of which it planned to enforce the scheme from November 13 to November 17.

Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recorded that Delhi's average AQI at 7 p.m. was 445 (on a scale of 0 to 500) while the PM2.5 hovered around 442 units, considered "severe". Pollution in Delhi gets aggravated during winter months. "We said we will file the plea today".

The odd-even scheme is a pollution control measure which allows vehicles ply around on the roads of Delhi on every alternate day depending on whether their registration numbers ends with an odd number of an even number.

The odd-even scheme was implemented by Delhi government for the first time, from 1 January 2016 to 15 January 2016 and then again from 15 April 2016 to 30 April 2016.

After the NGT passed the order to implement the odd-even scheme without any exemption, Vardhaman Kaushik, another appellant in the case told Firstpost that only the will of the people can solve the problem of air pollution in the national capital.


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