Green Court: 2-Wheelers, Govt Servants and Women Not Exempt from Odd-Even

Last Updated: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 00:52
Green Court: 2-Wheelers, Govt Servants and Women Not Exempt from Odd-Even
Green Court, on Saturday, delivered a blistering criticism of the Delhi government`s plan to implement the Odd-Even road rationing scheme and pointing to various other measures that was not taken, said the government should not "test its patience".

The court banned all exemptions granted under the Odd-Even scheme - including to two-wheelers, government officials and women. Questioning why the scheme was not implemented earlier, the court said Odd-Even should come into effect every time the particulate matter 10 exceeds the level of 5 00 and PM 2.5 rises above 300.

The court questioned the end result of banning cars when millions of two-wheelers are getting a free run, the court said, "What is the basis of granting exemptions under the scheme if you want to improve ambient air quality".

The Green Court also asked the Centre and the Delhi government to name a big city where the levels of particulate matter 10 were lower than 100. The NGT also asked Delhi government to show the letter on basis of which this decision was taken, and whether the LG`s approval was taken for the same.

Observing that diesel vehicles older than 10 years and petrol vehicles older than 15 years are playing though all main roads, the NGT asked the Traffic Police to deploy its personnel at traffic lights. It asked the Delhi government when statistics indicated that rain leads to a fall in pollution levels, why wasn`t action taken.

Yesterday, the high court told the officials to explore all options including "cloud seeding" - spraying chemicals that enrich rain-bearing clouds - to induce rainfall artificially. Central Pollution Control Board submitted that they had warned the Delhi government orally in advance about the impending problem, which the Delhi government denied.
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