No odd-even scheme until Delhi govt proves it is effective: NGT


Taking to microblogging site Twitter, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot posted, "To encourage use of public transport during Odd-Even, Delhi Government to allow free travel for commuters in all DTC and Cluster buses from 13-17 November".

"It is a farce".

Earlier, the government announced exemptions for women drivers, two-wheelers and vehicles carrying children in school uniforms, besides VVIPs.

Earlier, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) gave its nod for the implementation of the Delhi government's odd-even auto rationing scheme for five days from November 13 to tackle high pollution level, with certain riders.

NGT asks the Delhi government to prove whether the odd-even scheme has reduced pollution.

10am: On Thursday, NGT's order directed the government to track down all the hot spots with the PM10 more than 600 and spray water from helicopters or aircraft to tackle dust pollution across the city. To this, the Delhi Government stated that this couldn't be said as of now. "The big question is about the safety of women".

Earlier in the day, the NGT gave the go ahead to the odd-even scheme from November 13-17 and said there will be no exemptions for women, two-wheelers and government vehicles.

"We will not allow it until you prove that it's not counter-productive", the NGT said. Following this, the NGT gave a go-ahead to odd-even but with conditions.

While passing several directives, the NGT said every entry point to Delhi should be properly managed by the city government, the corporations should ensure that there was no congestion, and Uttar Pradesh and Haryana should depute special forces at the border of the national capital to avoid traffic jams.

He said only CNG vehicles, emergency services such as ambulance and fire, and vehicles carrying waste shall be exempted. Both SC and NGT suggested 100 measures to curb pollution but you always opted for odd-even.

During the hearing on Saturday, the Central Pollution Control Board submitted that they had warned the Delhi government orally in advance about the impending problem, which the Delhi government denied.

The tribunal on Saturday also asked the Uttar Pradesh Government about the number of violators challaned in Noida and Greater Noida.

The National Green Tribunal further criticised the Delhi government asking "When situation is improving, the government is trying to implement it".