Air quality improves marginally, NGT rejects plea for odd-even exemptions

Delhi government files odd-even review petition before NGT; asks for exemption of two wheelers and women drivers.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government filed an application in National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday seeking modifications of its order passed on Saturday that gave a nod for the odd-even auto rationing scheme, without giving exemptions to women motorists and two-wheelers.

Hearing the case, the green tribunal asked why the government can not run buses only for women to solve the problem of transport when the odd-even scheme is in place.

The green tribunal asked the state government when there have been reports stating two-wheelers are more polluting than four-wheelers, why does the government intend to give arbitrary exemptions, according to news agency Asian News International (ANI).

The government had sought exemption of women drivers from the scheme, saying it may affect the safety and security of women. Stating it did not have enough public transport as of now to accommodate the extra commuters - over 30 lakh during the odd-even if two-wheelers were not exempted, the Delhi government said the process of procuring new buses was ongoing.

The body has also ordered all 10-year-old diesel vehicles to be taken off road.

NGT asked the Delhi Government why it could not run ladies special buses in the city.

Delhi meanwhile continued to wrest with toxic air on Tuesday as the level of pollutants were in the severe category for the seventh successive day.

The NGT also asked the city government to reconsider the four-times hike in the parking fee.

"Delhi is out of an emergency but not out of danger".

Citing two-wheelers as one of the largest causes of pollution the NGT slammed the government for proposing their exemption. Unfortunately, we are happy even though the air quality is very poor.

Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot said the government will again approach the green court on Monday and challenge the riders imposed by it.

The application, filed before a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, sought exemption of women drivers from the scheme.

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