Odd even: In fresh plea, Delhi Govt asks NGT to exempt two-wheeler, women for one year and direct other states to follow suit

The Arvind Kejriwal government has also requested the green tribunal to direct neighbouring states to implement the odd-even scheme.
Delhi Govt asks NGT to allow exemptions for one...
Edited by: India TV News Desk New Delhi November 14, 2017 19:37 IST

The Delhi government on Tuesday filed a fresh review petition before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in connection with the proposed odd-even car rationing scheme requesting to exempt two-wheeler and women drivers for one year or till 2,000 additional buses are engaged.

The Arvind Kejriwal government has also requested the green tribunal to direct neighbouring states to implement the odd-even scheme.

The fresh petition comes hours after the NGT turned down Delhi government’s plea to exempt women drivers and two-wheelers from the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme, saying there was "no logic" to the proposal.

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The top green tribunal also asked the Delhi government to choose a spot in the city by 4 p.m. on Tuesday and sprinkle water from helicopter on the area to know the efficacy of the step in reducing air pollution. 

Rapping the Delhi government for its plea, the tribunal asked why should exemption be given to two-wheelers when they are a major cause of pollution. 

"On what basis are you asking exemption for two-wheelers," NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

On Delhi government counsel Tarunvir Singh Khehar raising the issue of women's security, the tribunal said: "Why don't you run Women's Special buses?" 

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The tribunal also rapped the Delhi government over "delay" in the procurement of 4,000 additional buses and noted that sprinkling of water on pollution hotspots was not being done properly. 

"Why don't you act upon those who are responsible for pollution. How many people have you penalised or challaned so far," Justice Kumar asked. 

Following the tribunal's order, the Delhi government withdrew its petition. 

The tribunal said the Delhi government could move a fresh petition before it on the traffic rationing scheme. 

It said Delhi government could use helicopters, if necessary, to sprinkle water at a pollution hotspot in the city to know its efficacy. 

"Choose one place in Delhi by 4 p.m. and sprinkle water and thereafter calculate the particle pollution to know how much difference does it make," the tribunal said. 

The tribunal also allowed the National Highways Authority of India to go ahead with construction of the Delhi-Meerut Highway at the eastern periphery of the city but said there should be no dust pollution. 

The Delhi government had on Saturday decided to halt the odd-even traffic restriction scheme, which was scheduled to be implemented from November 13 to 17. It moved the NGT on Monday with a review petition seeking exemptions for two-wheelers and women.

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