Odd-even rule will be implemented without exemptions, AAP govt tells NGT

Alicia Farmer
Декабря 7, 2017

The Delhi government on Wednesday submitted an action plan on combating air pollution to the National Green Tribunal (NGT), which states that the next phase of the odd-even auto rationing scheme will include no exemptions.

In its action plan submitted before the green body, the Arvind Kejriwal government agreed to change its earlier stand to roll out the odd-even formula in the national capital without exemptions. So, in their action plan government have also banned the burning of waste and shut down the pollution causing industries. However, later the city government demanded that the Odd-Even scheme shall come in entire NCR region and not just Delhi. Women drivers, VVIP vehicles, two-wheelers and vehicles carrying children in school uniforms were exempted under this scheme.

According to the Delhi government, it had very strong reasons for making the exemptions, saying many women do not feel comfortable or safe in public transport, especially those who work at odd hours.

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Delhi government had cancelled its planned Odd-Even scheme scheduled to start from 13 November this year after the National Green Tribunal removed exemptions made for certain categories of commuters including women. "The government has to provide all requisite funds if the DJB falls short of money", it said. Sri Lankan players wore masks as the air quality dipped, while some even vomited on field because of the pollution.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had cancelled the implementation of Odd-Even-rule last month, claiming that they can not risk security of women.

Kejriwal had likened the worsening pollution level in Delhi to a gas chamber while holding the neighbouring states such as Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh responsible.

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