Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Delhi govt makes U-turn on odd-even, seeks exemptions

Delhi govt makes U-turn on odd-even, seeks exemptions

Delhi government will not give any exemption to women when it implements the odd-even policy to combat pollution in the city.

Within 24 hours of its assurance to launch the next round of odd-even scheme without exemptions, the Delhi government on Thursday made a U-turn and filed a review petition at the National Green Tribunal (NGT), seeking exemptions again. However, the state government had rejected this as they did not want to make any compromise when it came to the safety of women in the capital.

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar rapped Punjab and Haryana governments for not following their directions in forming an action plan, which would list what measure will be taken by which authority at what level of pollution. Earlier, the government claims that the Delhi Pollution level increased due to the reason for burning crops. It also argued that public transportation was not equipped to accommodate so many two-wheeler drivers.

"The government in its plan to the NGT also said that construction will completely stop once pollution level touches "severe" category". "The government only talks about challans (prosecution slips). but nothing is reflected on the ground", the tribunal admonished. Apart from that its plan also consists of action against polluting vehicles and restricting the entry of trucks into Delhi during severe conditions.

Smog had led to multiple interruptions in the third Test between India and Sri Lanka in Delhi on Sunday.

The rules specified last month by the NGT only exempted emergency vehicles like PCR vans, fire brigade and ambulances from the scheme.

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