No Exemptions During Odd-Even, Delhi Government Tells NGT

No Exemptions During Odd-Even, Delhi Government Tells NGT

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had cancelled the implementation of Odd-Even-rule last month, claiming that they can not risk security of women.

The Delhi government on Wednesday submitted its action plan to combat pollution recommending no exemption be given under the odd-even auto rationing scheme in the state. Earlier in November, the state government had to call off the odd-even plan after the NGT ordered the withdrawal of exemptions given to two-wheelers and woman only vehicles.

Although the dates of the implementation of the odd-even scheme have not been specified as of now, sources in the Delhi government told Catch that the scheme is likely to take place before the end of year. Also, the immediate closure of all pollution causing industries has also been recommended by the state government to the tribunal.

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"The government in its plan to the NGT also said that construction will completely stop once pollution level touches "severe" category". It said on Monday, "The government only talks about challans (prosecution slips). but nothing is reflected on the ground".

Besides the change in stance regarding the odd-even policy, the plan according to The Indian Express report includes several strict measures to curb the rising air pollution levels in the capital. Yesterday, India's Mohammad Shami also vomited on the field.

The rules specified last month by the NGT only exempted emergency vehicles like PCR vans, fire brigade and ambulances from the scheme. NGT has now asked all states to study the Vardhaman Kaushik and Vikrant Tongad judgment and list additional measures which can be added to it to make a comprehensive action plan.

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