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November 11 (ANI): Delhi government has got the signal from a court looking environmental issues to implement the odd-even vehicle movement scheme in the national capital to reduce pollution.

The Delhi government had on Saturday said it would approach the green court again on Monday requesting the exemptions and, subject to the NGT decision, it would "consider implementing it again".

Under the arrangement, private cars with odd registration numbers are allowed to run on odd dates while even-numbered cars will ply on even dates.

The Indian government had planned to bring in auto rationing from Monday, exempting women for their safety.

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 court also directed all the neighboring state governments and departments to ensure complete mechanism during environmental emergency.

Earlier on Saturday, citing the National Green Tribunal's conditions of no exemption to 2-wheelers and women, the Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot on Saturday called off odd-even scheme which was due to be implemented between November 13 and 17.

Should you violate the rules for the odd-even scheme, you will be fined ₹ 2,000. It was implemented for 15 days from January 1-15 and April 15-30 previous year.

The capital of India, Delhi is engulfed with heavy smog. It is empowering to a woman, and neither the NGT nor the Delhi government has any business taking it away from us.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud considered the submission of lawyer RK Kapoor that rise in dust particles on roads, stubble burning in Delhi's neighbouring states like Haryana and Punjab have led to an alarming rise in pollution levels in the National Capital region and its adjoining areas. Tribunal is likely to hear the plea tomorrow. Delhi's public transportation can not take that load.

In response to the Delhi government's charge that Haryana was not responsive to its requests for a meeting to discuss the smog situation and stubble burning, Khattar on Monday landed in Delhi and said he was in Delhi and ready to have a meeting with Kejriwal. The review petition co-incided with the re-opening of schools in the city amid hazardous levels of air pollution. She also added that Kejriwal government had not even thought that it was necessary to make alternative arrangements to keep a back up plan ready if things don't go as planned with the odd even.

Delhi's air, among the world's dirtiest, worsens in the winter months. Says he is very busy and can't meet me in Delhi.

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