Delhi government seeks exemptions for odd-even this year

NGT suggests water sprinkling to reduce effects of toxic air

However, unhappy with the NGT order, the Delhi government expressing its inability to enforce the odd-even scheme and said it will move the Tribunal on Monday requesting a review of its order and if the exemptions are granted.

"The original jurisdiction on environment related matters lies with the NGT, so there is no bar in government filing a review petition in the NGT", Agarwal said.

The Delhi government had chose to shut down schools for five days after the air quality index reached severe levels.

The global permissible limit for PM2.5 - particles in air with diameter less than 2.5mm - is 25 units (micro gram per cubic metre), while for India it is 60 units. "I truly feel that this government is not very serious about controlling pollution", she reprimanded. After the meeting was concluded the odd-even was called off and the AAP chose to file another plea to reconsider the scheme with the exemption condition given by the party. As the NGT is to take up the hearing today, there is no show of the lawyer from the Delhi government's side.

With the government failing to submit a proper plan to reduce the increasing pollution in Delhi, the NGT, early on Monday, hit out at the AAP government - saying, "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". The report also says that the capital city needs more than 10,000 buses to meet it's present demand. The government, he added, does not have enough public transport alternatives to accommodate over 6 million two-wheelers.


The Indian government had planned to bring in vehicle rationing from Monday, exempting women for their safety. More than 26 lakh commuters use the metro rail. "If odd even is allowed without any exemption, than women's safety might be at risk".

Delhi is not the only Indian city with toxic air.

Since Tuesday morning, Delhi was covered with thick smog, following which health officials issued advisory to elderly and children to avoid venturing out.

Under the arrangement, private cars with odd registration numbers are allowed to run on odd dates while even-numbered cars will ply on even dates.

The local government in Indian capital of New Delhi on Saturday cancelled its plan to implement odd-even auto rationing formula from Monday aimed at reducing the blanket of smog enveloping the city and outskirts, officials said. The other measures would mean involvement of neighbouring states and their respective governments.

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