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Air pollution: NGT to examine odd-even scheme

Air pollution: NGT to examine odd-even scheme

"It is a farce".

Earlier in the morning, the green court had directed the Delhi government not to exempt two-wheelers, women drivers and government cars from the scheme.

Delhi government had made a decision to implement the odd-even scheme for five days from November 13 to 17.

While the Delhi government counsel also asked the Tribunal if they shall drop the idea of odd-even as Delhi's air quality was improving, the Tribunal asked the government to take a call, saying: "We are not going to give you a shelter on this one".

The Delhi government is also planning to introduce 500 additional buses to the existing fleet of around 4,000 DTC buses, officials said on Saturday.

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. "This is not feasible to arrange such a large number of buses at this stage", a Delhi government statement said. "You are only enriching the contractors through the order", it said. The NGT said that only emergency vehicles will get exemption during the Odd-Even scheme. "No exemption of any kind to anyone, including two-wheelers, women, public officers or politicians, except essential services", NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said on Saturday.

The NGT on Friday had barred the Delhi government from implementing the odd-even scheme in the capital and even asked the state government to prove its efficacy. 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 number of buses that would have been available during the odd-even scheme is not totally adequate even for the present demand". Both SC and NGT suggested 100 measures to curb pollution but you always opted for odd-even.

The NGT's decision came after the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) told the bench that two-wheelers were more polluting than other vehicles, and emissions from two-wheelers accounted for over 20 per cent of the total vehicular pollution.