Allow odd-even exemptions for one more year, Delhi government pleads with NGT

Delhi pollution LIVE updates: Is this a joke? Kejriwal's Odd-Even exemption to 2-wheelers gets an earful from NGT

"The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a petition filed by advocate RK Kapoor which seeks immediate measures to check the rising pollution in Delhi and it's surrounding areas, which has become an worldwide headline for a week now", reports said. "We said we will file the plea today". During the meeting, it was discussed that the safety of women can not be compromised and even more Delhi did not have the adequate number of local buses to accommodate the Delhiites, which would be required if the scheme was to be implemented. The Delhi government, despite its reservations over road rationing, made a decision to comply with the directive.

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".

The Delhi government on Monday also chose to work out a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) with state-owned helicopter service company Pawan Hans for aerial sprinkling of water over the city to contain pollution. Reacting to which the NGT was forced to wonder if all the objections raised by AAP and the plea to re-look the petition was only a media flaunt. Earlier in the day, the NGT was critical of the government when no representative turned up to file the review petition in the morning. The Supreme Court agreed to hear the petition today itself, saying that "We can not ignore the pollution".

The road rationing scheme is to be implemented from November 13 to 17 as suggested by the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) and specified under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), after Delhi's air quality went "beyond severe". "Rules are being violated rampantly", a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said and asked the authorities why checks were not being carried out on a regular basis.

"Further, this government feels that considering the large number of two-wheelers in Delhi, unless adequate number of buses are available, implementation of odd-even will cause great hardship to such persons".

To reduce the pollution level, the Delhi government had ordered the implementation of the odd-even rationing of vehicles from today.

The Delhi government has also temporarily banned construction work in a bid to improve conditions, and has increased parking fees to discourage people from driving their cars. The National Green Tribunal on Friday directed the Delhi government to submit data or studies on the basis of which it has planned to introduce the odd-even car-rationing scheme for five days from next week. The other measures would mean involvement of neighbouring states and their respective governments.

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