The National Green Tribunal on Friday directed the Delhi government to submit data or studies on the basis of which it has planned to introduce the odd-even car-rationing scheme for five days from next week.
Since Tuesday morning, Delhi was covered with thick smog, following which health officials issued advisory to elderly and children to avoid venturing out.
"In light of the the two conditions by NGT on 2 wheelers and women, at the moment we are calling it off".
Air pollution is a leading cause of premature death in India. Delhi's public transportation can not take that load.
On Saturday, the green court gave the go ahead to the odd-even scheme and disapproved of all the exemptions that were given during the previous two phases of odd-even in January and April 2016.
The AAP government also said that exemptions are also crucial for women's safety. "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 it's surrounding areas, which has become an worldwide headline for a week now", reports said.
The toxicity in the air rose to "severe-plus" category on a day schools in the national capital reopened after remaining closed since Thursday due to "severe" air pollution levels.
The plea seeks directions to the Centre and the states on stubble burning, road dust and effective implementation of the Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme. Our national capital not even has 3,000 buses as against a requirement of 10,000. "There has been no policy measure to promote non-motorised transport in the capital".
The levels of PM2.5 and PM10 continued to rise even as both central and Delhi governments claimed partial relief during the afternoon. He also commented on the hikes metro fares saying that the situation has become worse since the fares were raised twice in just six months.
The Delhi government counsel said that from next year, with better preparation, it would be in a position to implement the odd-even scheme without any exemption.
Meanwhile, the Delhi BJP accused the AAP government of being in an "indecisive state" over the pollution crisis in the city and demanded Lt Governor Anil Baijal to call an all- party meeting. "I truly feel that this government is not very serious about controlling pollution", she reprimanded. The harassment one goes through as a woman using public transport was enough to prompt me to put my savings into a depreciating asset; it wasn't just a auto for me, it was my independence.