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.