The National Green Tribunal (NGT), having first questioned the need for implementing the scheme, hauled Delhi government over the coals before giving its nod with the rider that there won't be any exemptions - women, two-wheeler riders and government officials included - except for emergency, CNG and hybrid vehicles. "This one measure you want to implement".
"In light of the two conditions by the NGT on 2-wheelers and women drivers, at the moment we are calling it off (the odd-even scheme)", Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot said. The Delhi cabinet went into a huddle and reached a consensus that given the load it would put on Delhi's transport system and pose a threat to women's security, it would not be feasible to go ahead , As Reported By TOI.
"You have made a mess of Delhi".
The NGT on Saturday asked Delhi Government about reasons behind exemptions and the impact of pollution emanating from two wheelers, and whether they intend to employ the Odd-Even scheme whenever the pollution levels spiral.
However, the NGT also hopes that the odd-even scheme would not affect the commuters.
"The Supreme Court never asked for imposition of this scheme. Delhi government will have to justify the implementation of this scheme".
In 2007 the Delhi Court had said that 11,000 busses are required to cover 865 routes of the city. "Act immediately or we will attach government treasury", it said. Hearing will continue tomorrow.
The NGT today also asked the Delhi government the rationale behind implementing the Odd-Even scheme now and not when air quality was worse.
Delhi government chose to bring back odd-even vehicle rationing system in order to curb Delhi pollution which has risen to alarming levels in the past few days.
The NGT's decision came after the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) told the bench that two-wheelers were more polluting than other vehicles, and emissions from two-wheelers accounted for over 20 per cent of the total vehicular pollution.
The national capital is experiencing "severe" air quality under a blanket of thick haze, as pollution levels have breached permissible standards by multiple times.