Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led AAP government in Delhi has decided to drop the odd-even scheme, which was scheduled to be implemented from November 13-17, 2017 in the NCT region. The Delhi government had announced a few days back that odd-even scheme would come in effect due to the alarming levels of pollution in Delhi. As done the previous time, it had exempted two-wheelers, women and government servants from this scheme. But, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) lashed out at the Delhi government over this and announced that no one should be exempted from the odd-even scheme.
“In light of the the two conditions by NGT on 2 wheelers & women, at the moment we are calling it off. 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. The Odd-Even plan was called off in view of order of NGT which withdrew all exemptions except on plying of emergency vehicles. The government has decided to file a review petition on Monday in the NGT requesting to give exemptions to two wheelers and women. The government does not want to take risks with women security. The officials speaking to reporters further said that the government isn’t fully ready with public transport.
“Delhi government is free to implement the odd-even car rationing scheme with the subject to conditions. No exemption be given to anyone, including two-wheeler riders, in the odd-even scheme,” a bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar had said. “Pollution levels going down are important but women safety is paramount. If 30 lakh two-wheelers are off the road, Delhi’s public transport system cannot accommodate the surge,” added Gehlot.
“The situation in the capital is improving. I appeal to Delhi residents to not panic. Dust is not entering from other states and stubble burning has also come to an end. We have taken all people concerned on board, which includes chief ministers of neighbouring states. We (the Centre) can only help, Delhi government has to implement the reforms on the ground. I do not think that the odd-even plan is necessary. 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.