Delhi govt's no show at NGT hearing, Supreme Court enters plea

Delhi govt's no show at NGT hearing, Supreme Court enters plea

Delhi govt's no show at NGT hearing, Supreme Court enters plea

The Delhi government, which had on Saturday made a decision to halt the odd-even traffic restriction scheme, which was scheduled to be implemented from November 13 to 17, moved the country's top green tribunal on Monday with a review petition.

The National Green Tribunal, India's top environment court, is still reviewing the vehicle rationing scheme.

On November 11, the NGT gave a conditional nod to the Delhi government's proposal to implement the odd-even scheme for five days starting from November 13. But the party's proposal exempted women and two wheelers from the scheme, to which the NGT did not agree.

The odd-even scheme was implemented by Delhi government for the first time, from 1 January 2016 to 15 January 2016 and then again from 15 April 2016 to 30 April 2016.

"In light of the two conditions by NGT on two-wheelers and women, at the moment we are calling it off".

NGT asked the Arvind Kejriwal government whether it was just the media that was updated about the review petition since nothing has been filed by them in the tribunal court as of yet.

The green panel banned all exemptions granted under the Odd-Even scheme including two-wheelers, government officials and women drivers.

The Tribunal will hear the plea tomorrow. She also added that Kejriwal government had not even thought that it was necessary to make alternative arrangements to keep a back up plan ready if things don't go as planned with the odd even.

The worldwide permissible limit for PM2.5 - particles in air with diameter less than 2.5mm - is 25 units (micro gram per cubic metre), while for India it is 60 units.

The court also directed various departments and executing agencies, including the Delhi police, for better cooperation and coordination during the odd-even scheme. The NGT on Saturday rapped the government for attempting to implement odd-even with large number of exemptions provided to various groups of people, including bikers.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud considered the submission that rise in dust particles on roads, and stubble burning in Delhi's neighbouring states like Haryana and Punjab have led to an alarming rise in pollution levels in the NCR and its adjoining areas.

Delhi's air, among the world's dirtiest, worsens in the winter months. "No single person, government or organisation can improve the air quality of Delhi", Khattar wrote to Kejriwal, also asking him what steps has the AAP taken to check stubble burning within the national capital.

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