Delhi government calls off its odd-even scheme despite NGT clearance

Ebony Scott
November 14, 2017

The smog's been so bad that schools have been closed this week.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Swatanter Kumar asked the officials of Uttar Pradesh government and the authority to explain the steps they were taking to deal with pollution.

On Saturday, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) gave the go-ahead to the odd-even scheme but disapproved the exemptions given during the previous two rounds of odd-even scheme in January and April 2016. The decision was announced hours after the National Green Tribunal's conditional acceptance of the odd-even scheme which demanded the scrapping of exemptions for women and two-wheelers.

Also, the two-wheelers were exempted because the city does not have enough bus services to support the increase in the passengers. Our national capital not even has 3,000 buses as against a requirement of 10,000.

Under the "odd-even" scheme, private cars with even and odd number plates will only be allowed on the roads on alternate days from 13 to 17 November.

"We can not ignore the pollution", the bench said adding that it will hear the plea today itself after finishing the matters listed on its board.

The air quality deteriorated on Monday after marginally improving over the weekend.

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For the entire Delhi-NCR, the average was 455 units, with PM2.5 at 452 units.

The safe limit for PM2.5 - particles in the air with a diameter less than 2.5mm - is 25 microgrammes per cubic meters as per global standards, though it is 60 units according to Indian standards.

Delhi is considered to be the most polluted city in the world. "The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a petition filed by advocate RK Kapoor which seeks immediate measures to check the rising pollution in Delhi and it's surrounding areas, which has become an worldwide headline for a week now", reports said.

The Met office has forecast rains for November 15. Monday's reading in Delhi far surpasses the categories on the Air Quality Index chart. "Administration in Delhi has collapsed and it is sad that Delhi is not ready to meet any emergency situation". However, the pollutant levels fell below the red line for an hour on Saturday noon.

Earlier, AAP Chief and Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal had written a letter to his counterparts in Punjab and Haryana, seeking a meeting as soon as possible to discuss the rising smog issue.

After a spate of terrible experiences on buses, the only other mode of transport available to me is the Delhi Metro. He is in Delhi till tomorrow. "I truly feel that this government is not very serious about controlling pollution", she reprimanded. "I look forward to meeting him in Chandigarh on Wednesday".

Other reports by GizPress

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