Delhi defers odd-even scheme

Delhi defers odd-even scheme

Delhi defers odd-even scheme

"It is a farce".

Not only the two-wheelers but women and government employees also won't be exempted from the odd-even rule.

The Delhi government had Thursday announced the return of the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme, under which private cars with odd and even number plates will be allowed to ply on roads only on alternate days. It also directed the Delhi government to ban on the construction works that are going in the city.

10am: On Thursday, NGT's order directed the government to track down all the hot spots with the PM10 more than 600 and spray water from helicopters or aircraft to tackle dust pollution across the city.

Earlier in the day, the NGT gave a go-ahead to the Delhi government on odd-even with no exemption for the two-wheelers, women and VIPs.

"In light of the the two conditions by NGT on 2 wheelers & women, at the moment we are calling it off".

"Summary: Will not implement odd-even without exemptions to women", tweeted party's Delhi unit chief spokesperson, Saurabh Bharadwaj. "We will go back to NGT on Monday, file a review petition for them to reconsider their decision regarding the two", said Kailash Gehlot, Delhi Transport Minister to ANI.

Ola in a statement said: "The current levels of pollution and resultant smog in the national capital are worrisome and it is imperative that we join hands with the government in their efforts to curb this situation". The NGT questioned the Arvind Kejriwal government over the delay in deciding on artificial rain when "the statistics had indicated that rain leads to a fall in pollution levels", adding that "its patience shouldn't be tested". The situation has not improved despite a slew of government measures - ordering a halt to construction, restricting vehicle use and raising parking charges fourfold. The much anticipated odd-even traffic plan announced for next week was on and off within a few hours on Saturday.

"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. There are basic things in the Graded Rapid Action Plan (GRAP) that should be implemented first", CNN News18 quoted Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan as saying.

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