Odd-even scheme to be back? NGT to decide today

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Yesterday, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had questioned the rationale behind the Delhi government's decision to roll it out for five days from November 13-17, saying the scheme "cannot be imposed like this".

Arvind Kejriwal-led government announced on Thursday that the scheme, which allows private cars with odd and even registration numbers to ply only on alternate days, would be rolled out from November 13 to 17 in view of the rising pollution in Delhi.

The government is not ready "to compromise with the safety of women" after the NGT ordered that there should be no exemption to anyone expect emergency vehicles like ambulances and fire tenders, he said.

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The odd-even auto rationing scheme will be rolled out in Delhi for five days from 13 November as part of a graded response plan to tackle the alarming level of pollution in the city. Schools were also shutdown till Sunday. "No exemption be given to anyone, including two-wheeler riders, in the odd-even scheme", a bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar had said.

"Why wasn't this implemented when the air quality index had become bad?" the NGT said. Based on these facts, the NGT has asked the Delhi government to first provide proof of the benefits of odd-even rule.

The tribunal rapped the DTC chairman-cum-managing director for not taking note of an NGT order on maintenance of buses and carrying out a rationalisation study so that the vehicles can be used more effectively.

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In order to crack the whip on alarming levels of pollution in the city, the Delhi government on Thursday announced that the odd-even vehicle rationing system would be re-introduced. The CPCB has recorded "severe" air quality, meaning that the intensity of pollution was extreme.

In the response to the outcry from the general public and media, the government has launched the ODD-EVEN scheme again, in the hope to counter the air pollution.

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