The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Saturday allowed the Delhi government to go ahead with its plan of implementing the Odd-Even scheme in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR). "No exemption be given to anyone, including two-wheeler riders, in the odd-even scheme", a bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar had said.
In a major development ahead of the 3rd phase of Delhi's Odd-Even plan which is scheduled to implemented from November 13-17, the Delhi government has chose to allow free travel for commuters in all DTC and cluster buses from November 13-17.
The NGT, which gave a conditional nod to the scheme, said that it should be implemented as and when PM (particulate matter) 10 level goes above 500 micrograms per cubic metre and PM 2.5 level crosses the limit of 300 micrograms per cubic metre and persist for 48 hours at a stretch.
According to the Newspaper, . The exemptions were given to women, two-wheelers, vehicles carrying children in school uniforms and VVIPs.
The Delhi government is being represented by advocate Tarunvir Kehar. I do not think that the odd-even plan is necessary. "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.
So at the moment we are calling it off.
While examining the Delhi government's decision to roll out odd-even auto rationing scheme, NGT pulled up Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) for not maintaining its buses and letting them operate without passengers for most of the time.
He said the government would struggle to cope with the extra pressure on public transport while the biggest issue was "the safety and security of women". It further added that it was not "feasible" to arrange such a large number of buses "at this stage".
The Centre-run monitoring agency SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research) attributed the rise in pollution to the lowering of the "boundary layer" keeping pollutants trapped near the surface and preventing their escape into the upper layer of the atmosphere.
Ghaziabad was the most polluted region in NCR region AQI of 497 at 7 p.m. while PM2.5 reached a risky 945 units - 37 times the safe limit.
"There has been some improvement".
On October 17, The Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority on banned diesel generators in Delhi, barring those used in metros and hospitals.