Odd-even scheme to be back? NGT to decide today

No odd-even scheme until Delhi govt proves it is effective NGT

No odd-even scheme until Delhi govt proves it is effective NGT

However, experts had questioned the timing of the move, given that the air quality may improve by then, and pointed out that two earlier editions in 2016 had failed to alleviate pollution levels.

The green body said, "The Supreme Court has not passed any order asking the state government to implement the odd-even scheme".

The NGT directed all the neighboring state governments of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and departments to ensure complete mechanism during the environmental emergencies adding that they should not wait for crisis situation.

However, the NGT refused to give any relaxation to two-wheelers from the rule.

Wagon Cab said: "We welcome the government's decision of implementing the odd and even rule to deal with the current environment situation". The tribunal said that in spite of several measures suggested by the apex court and the tribunal, the Delhi government failed to implement any of the suggestions. "The publicity you gave to odd-even 2, did you give to destination buses too?" it had asked the Delhi government, referring to the non-stop buses launched earlier this year in a bid to encourage vehicle owners to travel by public transport. "Nothing has been done by the Delhi government in the past one year", a bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said. The tribunal gave its approval for the scheme even as it asked if the scheme was being implemented with the consent of both the Lieutenant Governor as well as the Delhi government. The NGT asked DTC on the number of unused buses in its workshops. The NGT rapped the Delhi government by pointing out to reports submitted by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).

In the response to the outcry from the general public and media, the government has launched the ODD-EVEN scheme again, in the hope to counter the air pollution.

"It's now being taken after the Tribunal said so", the NGT said.

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