Delhi smog: AAP govt withdraws petition after NGT rejects odd-even exemptions

Delhi Pollution LIVE Green Court NGT Hearing On Delhi Government's Odd Even Rule To Curb Smog

The government further added that it will move the NGT on Monday requesting a review of its order and if the exemptions are granted, the scheme's implementation "will be considered".

The NGT had on November 11 given a conditional nod to the AAP government's decision to implement the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme for five days from November 13, ordering that no exemption should be allowed to "any person or officer and two-wheelers".

What may have dampened the Delhi government's plan to re-introduce the Odd-Even scheme for vehicle rationing for a few days in the national capital to combat the deteriorating air quality, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) today rejected Aam Admi Party (AAP) government's modified petition.

The panel has reportedly asked the government to come up with logical explanations for exemptions.

Pulling up the government, the NGT asked Delhi government: "When reports have stated that two-wheelers are more polluting than four-wheelers, why do you intend to give arbitrary exemptions?"

Defending its demand for exemption for women drivers from the odd-even scheme, the Delhi government pointed to the comfort of women drivers and continued to demand it in the new petition.

The city government also came up with a defence for two-wheelers, stating that it would need at least 2,500 additional buses to accommodate women and two-wheeler riders, which it now did not have.

The NGT went on a tough line of questioning against the Delhi government, according to CNN-News18. Soon after NGT's order on Saturday, the Delhi government said that it was revoking the decision of implementing odd-even auto as without exemptions to women and two-wheelers public transport would be insufficient. The Delhi government has pled the exemption for one year or till the government can arrange 2,000 buses. According to CNN-News18, it said the government reopening schools was "criminal".

"Why don't you act upon those who are responsible for pollution". Following the tribunal's order, the Delhi government withdrew its petition.

The bench, headed by NGT chairperson, Justice Swatanter Kumar, said that the government has not implemented all the measures suggested for pollution control and has only gone after the odd-even scheme.

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