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Odd-Even called off for now, says Kailash Gehlot

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New Delhi, Nov 11: The Delhi Transport Minister said that Odd-Even called off for now.

In light of the two conditions by NGT on 2 wheelers and women, at the moment we are calling it off. We will go back to NGT on Monday, file a review petition for them to reconsider their decision regarding the two, said Kailash Gehlot, Delhi Delhi Transport Minister, ANI reported.

The decision was announced after Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal called an emergency meeting in view of NGT’s order.

Earlier Today, National Green Tribunal has given nod to the Odd-even scheme in Delhi.

This time, ‘no exemption’ is given for two-wheelers, government servants or women.

NGT directed “Odd Even scheme must be implemented in Delhi NCR as and when PM 10 crosses 300 level and PM 2.5 crosses 500”.

Only emergency vehicles to get exemption from the scheme.

The NGT headed by Justice Swatantra Kumar asked CPCB, DPCC and Delhi Govt “why didn’t you implement it earlier? NGT pulled up CMD of DTC for not reading the former judgements in this regard. NGT observed that it was unfortunate. NGT asked DTC on the number of its unused buses in its workshops.

NGT even asked the Delhi government “Won’t the hike of parking fees only benefit the parking lots, and would stress people even further, thereby encouraging them to park vehicles on the roads instead, choking them in the process?”

The National Green Tribunal observed “it is most worrying that there is absolute non-cooperation between various departments of government.

NGT asks Delhi government to show the letter on basis of which this decision was taken, and whether the LG’s approval was taken for the same. NGT asked the Delhi government to state how many times does a person breathe in a day.

NGT directed Traffic Police to deploy its personnel at traffic lights, observing that almost all the main roads in the city are witness to diesel vehicles which are older than 10 years and petrol vehicles which are older than 15 years.

NGT asked the Centre and the Delhi government to name a big city where PM 10 levels were lower than 100.

CPCB and DPCC submitted that two-wheelers are more polluting than four-wheelers, and their emissions comprise 20% of the total vehicular pollution. NGT observed that water sprinkling is a better way to control pollution.

Central Pollution Control Board submitted that they had warned the Delhi government orally in advance about the impending problem, which the Delhi government denied.

NGT observed that its patience shouldn’t be tested, asking the Delhi government that when the statistics have indicated that rain leads to a fall in pollution levels, why wasn’t action taken? It’s now being taken after the Tribunal said so.

The National Green Tribunal also asked Uttar Pradesh Government over the number of violators challaned in Noida and Greater Noida over rising pollution.

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Illegal liquor factory busted in Delhi

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New Delhi, Sep 25: The Delhi police crime branch on Tuesday busted an illegal liquor factory in Bindapur area of the national capital.

According to ANI report, the accused used to sell the liquor with fake Canteen Stores Department (CSD) label.

However, in connection with this one person has been arrested.

Meanwhile, the police have launched a manhunt to nab factory owner who is on run.

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Rainy Tuesday morning in Delhi

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Rains have been lashing Delhi since the past two days causing a slowdown in vehicular movement following waterlogging.

New Delhi, Sep 25: Following overnight rains, the sky remained overcast in the national capital on Tuesday, with the Met predicting off and on showers through the day.

Rains have been lashing Delhi since the past two days causing a slowdown in vehicular movement following waterlogging. The road leading to Chirag Dilli, Badarpur, Mehrauli, Mayur Vihar, Minto bridge, and ITO came to a near standstill with vehicles moving at a snail’s pace on Monday morning.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 22 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average. The city received 13.1 mm of light rainfall in the last 24 hours, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

“The sky will remain generally cloudy during the day with intermittent rains in parts of Delhi and NCR,” he said.

Humidity at 8.30 a.m. was recorded at 98 percent. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 29 degrees Celsius.

On Monday, the maximum temperature settled at 27.8 degrees Celsius, six degrees below the average while the minimum temperature was recorded at 24 degrees Celsius, at par with the season’s average.

Monsoon rains in the national capital were likely to abate from Saturday.

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Himachal Rains: Traffic to Manali restored partially

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Shimla, Sep 25: Traffic to picturesque Himachal tourist resort Manali was restored partially on Tuesday, a day after all major road links snapped due to landslides triggered by heavy rains, officials said.

However, the administration has advised the motorists to travel towards Manali only in case of emergency.

“The traffic was partially restored through a narrow link road. Only small vehicles have been allowed.

“Chances of more landslides are high. The national highway between Kullu and Manali is still blocked at various places,” Subdivisional Magistrate Raman Gharsanghi told IANS over phone.

He said telecommunication services have been severely affected by the heavy rainfall and landslides in the past three days.

Gharsanghi said major landslides have occurred in Vashisht and Rangri, both located in Manali town. However, there was no loss of life.

Two people were killed in Pangi village in Kinnaur district late on Monday when their vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a gorge.

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