Odd-even: AAP govt moves NGT seeking modification of its order


Delhi Development Minister, Gopal Rai on Monday said the state government would be re-filing the proposal before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in connection with exemption of two wheelers and women from the odd-even rule.

The government had on Saturday scrapped its plan to implement the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme it had slated to start from today, after NGT said there will be no exemption for women, two-wheelers and government servants. After the meeting was concluded the odd-even was called off and the AAP chose to file another plea to reconsider the scheme with the exemption condition given by the party.

The plea, mentioned before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, sought direction to Centre and states on stubble burning, road dust and effective implementation of odd-even auto rationing scheme. While the NGT was keen on having the scheme implemented without any exception, the government understood that its public transportation was not up to the task of bearing the added pressure that would come from banning two-wheelers.

Refuting media reports, sources in the Delhi government say that a review petition is going to be filed later in the day. "We will again approach the NGT and will ask them to allow exemptions to women and two-wheelers", Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said here.

"We can not ignore the pollution", the Supreme Court bench said, adding that it will hear the plea today itself after finishing the matters listed on its board. Living in the national capital has nearly become hellish as poor air quality is choking the residents to death, literally.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court today agreed to hear a petition filed by advocate RK Kapoor which seeks "immediate measures" to check the rising pollution in Delhi and its surrounding areas, which has become an global headline for a week now.

The question which everyone is now asking, is what the Arvind Kejriwal government is planning to do now that the government's odd-even plan is in limbo.

"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". Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia's media advisor Arunodoy Prakash said that Delhi's present public transport system can not bear the gargantuan load of additional commuters that lack of exemption to two-wheelers would cause.

'Haryana is more severe than Delhi.

Will the odd-even formula help to reduce pollution in Delhi?

"In case, the women drivers are not included in the exempted list, there may be a likelihood that such women passengers do not find themselves comfortable while travelling in heavily crowded public transport buses".