Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Medical | By Rita Mcdonald

Delhi smog: City's residents frustrated over vehicle rationing

Delhi smog: City's residents frustrated over vehicle rationing

It also seeks an effective implementation of the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme, which the Delhi government scrapped after the National Green Tribunal asked for the removal of exemptions to two-wheelers, women and VIPs. When the scheme is launched, odd numbered vehicles are allowed to ply on odd dates and even numbered vehicles are allowed on even dates in order to combat vehicular pollution.

Earlier, sources in the Delhi government had told Firstpost that the main submission of the Delhi government in NGT on Monday will be about the problems the odd-even is going to cause if implemented without any exemption. During the meeting, it was discussed that the safety of women can not be compromised and even more Delhi did not have the adequate number of local buses to accommodate the Delhiites, which would be required if the scheme was to be implemented. "We will again approach the NGT and will ask them to allow exemptions to women and two-wheelers", Gahlot told media.

Reports also said, "There was no lawyer from the Delhi government's side present at the hearing that the latter had itself requested".

The court also directed all the neighboring state governments and departments to ensure complete mechanism during environmental emergency.

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Earlier Saturday the environment court also ordered the automatic implementation of the odd-even rule any time PM10 particles soared over 500 and PM2.5 exceeded 300 for two days straight. It was implemented for 15 days from January 1-15 and April 15-30 a year ago.

The Tribunal would hear the matter on Tuesday, NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

"In light of the two conditions by NGT on two-wheelers and women, at the moment we are calling it off". Delhi's public transportation can not take that load.

The smog's been so bad that schools have been closed this week.

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In response to the Delhi government's charge that Haryana was not responsive to its requests for a meeting to discuss the smog situation and stubble burning, Khattar on Monday landed in Delhi and said he was in Delhi and ready to have a meeting with Kejriwal.

Nikhil Pahwa, an activist and journalist who has written about air pollution, outlined 22 different ideas on Twitter to curb it, adding that the government has always been aware of such measures. "This is likely to be accompanied by addition of moisture to Delhi's air and fall in the temperature which may result in an increase in pollution levels", said a forecast report prepared by Gufran Beig, Project Director of SAFAR.

NGT gave its nod to the Delhi government to implement the odd even scheme with an underlying objective to improve the dismal air quality. The government, he added, does not have enough public transport alternatives to accommodate over 6 million two-wheelers.

"The state government still went ahead with the scheme, even though their own Delhi Pollution Board said it was not effective, and in fact, worsened the situation in phase-1 and phase-2". Says he is very busy and can't meet me in Delhi.

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