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Delhi government relents, says Odd-Even rule to have no exceptions

07 December 2017

The Delhi government on Wednesday assured the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that it will bring the next Odd-Even traffic rationing scheme as per the tribunal's direction that includes "no exemptions".

Delhi government had cancelled its planned Odd-Even scheme scheduled to start from 13 November this year after the National Green Tribunal removed exemptions made for certain categories of commuters including women.

Government in the action plan filed in front of the NGT said that all construction work will be completely stopped if the air pollution level touches "severe" category.

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The NGT had recently pulled up the Delhi government for its "lackadaisical" approach over rising pollution levels in the city.

"Where is your action plan?"

The Delhi government was forced to withdraw its appeal for modifications in the odd-even scheme that they made before the tribunal. "You all (states) tell us what steps you will take at what level of pollution". The bench further said that once formulated, actions under these action plans would need to be taken by each state depending on the air quality levels without any excuse. "It should be cumulative and there should be measures for moderate air quality, poor air quality and levels worse than that, including severe", observed the bench, asking the Delhi government for more clarity on each measure, including the road-rationing scheme. "Sit with your respective chief secretaries and make a plan", Justice Kumar directed the Delhi government and neighbouring states - Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Delhi government relents, says Odd-Even rule to have no exceptions