Hours after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) gave conditional nod to the odd-even, the Delhi government cancelled its plan to implement the road rationing scheme from Monday, expressing its inability to implement the scheme from Monday without exemptions given to women and two-wheelers.
Most women that TOI spoke to on Saturday said that due to the drawbacks in the public transport system in Delhi, relying on cabs every alternate day was not practical.
Terming the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government's decision as hasty, the tribunal said that the odd-even policy can not be arbitrarily imposed in the state.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the Delhi government to submit before it the details of the ambient air quality during the earlier implementation of the odd-even scheme. "Act immediately or we will attach government treasury", it said. The NGT questioned the Arvind Kejriwal government over the delay in deciding on artificial rain when "the statistics had indicated that rain leads to a fall in pollution levels", adding that "its patience shouldn't be tested". "This is not feasible to arrange such a large number of buses at this stage", a Delhi government statement said. The tribunal directed to implement the odd-even "right away" without waiting for 48 hours, in case PM2.5 and PM10 go beyond 400 and 700 units respectively.
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"The odd-even will go on".
However, the NGT refused to give any relaxation to two-wheelers from the rule.
He said only CNG vehicles, emergency services such as ambulance and fire, and vehicles carrying waste shall be exempted.
While hearing the matter, the NGT asked the Delhi government to impose a fine of Rs 1 lakh on builders found violating directions, as construction work has been halted in view of smog and air pollution. The NGT also said, "It is most worrying that there is absolute non cooperation between various departments of government".
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