New Delhi, Dec 6: The Aam Admi Party-led Delhi government on Wednesday assured the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that it will implement the next Odd-Even traffic rationing scheme according to the tribunal’s direction that includes “no exemptions”.
The green court has asked the Delhi government and neighbouring states to clarify their action plans and how they would implement the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) given the severity of the air quality, news agency IANS reported.
Not only this, the NGT also sought clarity from other state governments across NCR on their stand regarding Odd-Even scheme.
Last month, while the Delhi-NCR witnessed “severe-plus or emergency” air quality situation that calls for roll-out of Odd-Even scheme under GRAP, the green court directed the Delhi government to implement traffic rationing scheme without any exemptions for two-wheelers and female drivers.
Following this, the Arvind Kejriwal government then filed a review petition citing that it sought exemptions because of inadequate numbers of public buses. However, later the state government sought that the Odd-Even scheme shall come in entire NCR region and not only Delhi.
“We will implement the Odd-Even scheme next time as directed by the tribunal, which is no exemptions,” IANS quoted Delhi government counsel Tarunvir Singh Khehar was saying.
“Odd-Even will come when the air-quality is beyond severe but what about other days? How would you implement GRAP when air quality is very poor… Sit with your respective chief secretaries and make a plan,” Justice Kumar asked the Delhi government and nearby states — Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
On 24th of last month, the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) and already made it clear that the next Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme will be implemented across the national capital region (NCR), including Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad and not just Delhi, with least exemptions.