NGT rejects exemption plea by AAP for odd even implementation

As the national capital continues to fight with the smog engulfing Delhi and nearing areas, the National Green Tribunal once again rejects the plea of AAP government to exempt women and two-wheelers from the odd-even scheme.

It has been over a week now that the dangerous fog is making it difficult for the people to breath healthy and the Delhi government has till now not taken any measure to curb the critical emergency. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, despite getting hundreds of suggestion from the NGT, seems to be stuck on the odd even scheme only, putting the lives of Delhiites in danger.

On Saturday, during the hearing, the NGT has said that odd even can be implemented but no exemption will be given to the women and the two-wheelers. Following the hearing during a meeting headed by Kejriwal, it was concluded by the Delhi government that they cannot risk the safety of the women and also the government does not have the adequate number of buses to accommodate the people, who will be inclined towards using the public transport.

After the meeting, AAP once again filed a petition seeking a re-look into the exemption condition set by the NGT. On Monday, keeping in mind the seriousness of the situation, the Supreme Court had agreed to hear the case. The SC issued notices to the governments of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh for crop burning, which was being regarded as the major cause of the rising smog.

The NGT had set Tuesday to take up the hearing of the petition filed by the Aam Aadmi Party.

As per the latest updates, the NGT once again today rejected the plea of the AAP to exempt women and two-wheelers from the Odd-Even scheme. During the hearing slashing down the Delhi government, the NGT questioned that “When reports have stated that two-wheelers are more polluting than four-wheelers, why do you intend to give arbitrary exemptions? Is this a joke? What does one stand to gain from this?”

Furthermore, taking down on AAP, the NGT asked the Delhi government as to why they could not arrange for buses only for the ladies to solve the problem of transport during Odd-Even scheme?

Unhappy with the irresponsible behavior that the AAP is showing in this health emergency, NGT reprimanded the Delhi government saying that Don’t gift infected lungs to children. They have to wear masks to school. What constitutes a health emergency according to you? Measures should be applied automatically by the government after dangerous levels of PM 2.5 and PM 10 persist for more than 48 hours.”

The Delhi government has now withdrawn its petition seeking a re-look. The NGS taking down on AAP said that it should come up with logical explanations for the exemptions when they approach the NGT again.

Following the health emergency in the national capital, the Indian Medical Association, moved to Delhi High Court on Tuesday, seeking directions to postpone the Delhi Half Marathon. Regarding the petition of the IMA, the high court has issued a notice to the Delhi government, police, the pollution control panel DPCC and the organisers of the event. The court has also asked them to present their reply before 16 Nov, the next date of hearing.
As for the odd-even scheme, the Delhi government, for now, has called it off.