Will bring Odd-Even without exemptions: Delhi govt to NGT

Ceria Alfonso
Diciembre 7, 2017

The Delhi government on Wednesday submitted its action plan to combat pollution recommending no exemption be given under the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme in the state.

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.

No exemption be given under Odd-Even. The bad air quality level affected many who have asthma or breathing problem.

"The government in its plan to the NGT also said that construction will completely stop once pollution level touches "severe" category".

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"Odd-Even will come when the air-quality is beyond severe but what about other days?"

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar on Wednesday asked the Delhi government counsel to sit with the chief secretary and member secretary to formulate a detailed action plan which would also state the "normal" AQI levels for Delhi, in which there will be little to no health effects on people.

Kejriwal had likened the worsening pollution level in Delhi to a gas chamber while holding the neighbouring states such as Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh responsible.

It had earlier directed the Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and every state pollution control boards to file ambient air quality analysis before the tribunal on a monthly basis and also put up on their websites to enable the concerned authority to take effective steps to control air pollution.

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