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

NGT suggests water sprinkling to reduce effects of toxic air

NGT suggests water sprinkling to reduce effects of toxic air

However, the decision was dropped by the Delhi government after the National Green Tribunal's (NGT) said none of the vehicles would be exempted.

"We are requesting the court to reconsider two conditions - one on two-wheelers and the other on ladies - because with both these in place, it will be very hard for us to implement". The odd-even rule mandates that the on odd dates, only odd numbered vehicles will ply on the roads while on even dates, only even numbered vehicles will be allowed to ply on Delhi roads. After the meeting was concluded the odd-even was called off and the AAP made a decision to file another plea to reconsider the scheme with the exemption condition given by the party.

Even before it took off, the Delhi government chose to roll back on its odd-even scheme.

To reduce the pollution level, the Delhi government had ordered the implementation of the odd-even rationing of vehicles from today.

The Tribunal would hear the matter on Tuesday, NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

"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.

While criticism against the odd-even formula is sharp and strong from several quarters, many experts still feel that the AAP's plan to control vehicular pollution should be allowed to implement in Delhi throughout the winter, when air pollution turns worst. The AAP had alleged that the subtle burning in Punjab and Haryana, was the main cause of the rising pollution in Delhi. The Green Court suggested that the implementation of odd-even scheme makes sense when the PM-10 level is above 500 micrograms per cubic metre and the PM-2.5 goes above 300 micrograms per cubic metre.

"Movement of trucks and construction works are under scrutiny, water is being sprinkled, we are continuously monitoring the situation", Rai told a press conference, adding "there is a meeting with Pawan Hans officials to discuss the plan of aerial sprinkling of water".

Delhi has been experiencing severe air quality and has been reeling under a blanket of thick haze, as pollution levels breached permissible standards multiple times.

The court also directed all the neighboring state governments and departments to ensure complete mechanism during environmental emergency.

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