Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Delhi government seeks exemptions for odd-even this year

Delhi government seeks exemptions for odd-even this year

The Delhi government, which was unhappy with the tribunal's direction of "no exemption", called off the implementation of Odd-Even rule, which was supposed to be starting from Monday, and said that they will approach the green body against seeking the expectations should stay.

There were speculations that the Delhi government may not file a review petition against the NGT order as a separate petition filed by a citizen is up for hearing in the Supreme Court on Monday afternoon.

While criticism against the odd-even formula is sharp and strong from several quarters, many experts still feel that the AAP's plan to control vehicular pollution should be allowed to implement in Delhi throughout the winter, when air pollution turns worst.

Meanwhile, all government and private schools in Gurugram will remain closed today in view of the alarming air pollution levels.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday took a swipe at the Delhi Government and the Centre for their inaction to tackle rising air pollution in the National Capital. Swaraj India Party's Delhi Unit Chief, Anupam said that "I am not, in principle, opposed to the odd-even scheme as and when it is required but Delhi's public transport is in shambles. They can also file it later in the day", he said.

The question which everyone is now asking, is what the Arvind Kejriwal government is planning to do now that the government's odd-even plan is in limbo.

The Delhi government declared a public health emergency last week after pollution levels in the city spiked, a yearly phenomenon blamed on a combination of illegal crop burning in northern states, vehicle exhaust, and unbridled construction activity. Adding another wave of commuters may result in collapse of public transportation system. Following the arguments and keeping in mind the seriousness of the situation, the NGT gave a green flag to AAP for the scheme but with no exemption to women and children.

Speaking to Firstpost regarding the matter, AAP MLA Anil Bajpai said, "We can not compromise on the issue of women's safety". The smog situation in the National Capital has been deteriorating for nearly past one week.

It had said the odd-even scheme should be implemented "without any default" as and when PM (particulate matter) 10 level goes above 500 microgrammes per cubic metre and the PM2.5 level crosses the limit of 300 microgrammes per cubic metre during a span of 48 hours.

Will the odd-even formula help to reduce pollution in Delhi? The NGT on Saturday rapped the government for attempting to implement odd-even with large number of exemptions provided to various groups of people, including bikers. The other measures would mean involvement of neighbouring states and their respective governments.

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