Odd-even scheme comes under smog after NGT poser

In a plea filed to the NGT, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government sought changes in the tribunal's previous directions which rejected most exemptions given under the vehicle rationing scheme, including those given to two-wheelers and women drivers.

Earlier on Saturday, citing the National Green Tribunal's conditions of no exemption to 2-wheelers and women, the Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot on Saturday called off odd-even scheme which was due to be implemented between November 13 and 17.

However, women, two-wheelers and government servants won't be exempted during the scheme.

Meanwhile, the National Green Tribunal slammed the Delhi government over a review petition on the Odd-Even scheme and asked whether the statement was just for media or the cabinet plans to move the applications.

It also questioned the justification of exempting two-wheelers and women drivers during the odd-even scheme despite knowing that - as per an IIT Kanpur report - two-wheelers caused 46 percent pollution.

As per the latest updates, schools in Delhi have reopned today, but Gurugram schools still remains closed as poor quality of air is harmful.

According to it, about 3,500 new buses were being procured to ply in the national capital.

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The CNG vehicles and emergency services, such as ambulance and fire engines, will only get exemption during the odd-even scheme.

The local government's decision was announced after a cabinet meeting that followed hours after India's environmental court, National Green Tribunal (NGT), granted a conditional permission to the authorities for the scheme. "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 global headline for a week now", reports said.

The court also directed various departments and executing agencies, including the Delhi police, for better cooperation and coordination during the odd-even scheme.

Ghaziabad was the most polluted city in the entire NCR, with PM2.5 at an astounding 848 units at 4 p.m - 33 times the safe limit.

The Met office has forecast rain on November 15.

Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar today replied to his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal's letter, seeking time to meet and discuss pollution and stubble burning.

After a spate of frightful experiences on buses, the only other mode of transport available to me is the Delhi Metro. "I truly feel that this government is not very serious about controlling pollution", she reprimanded.


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