Smog-hit Delhi drops vehicle rationing scheme

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Smog-hit Delhi drops vehicle rationing scheme

Meanwhile, the almost week-long spell of toxic smog enveloping the national capital continued today, with reduced visibility in some areas leading to cancellation of trains in Delhi. The smog situation in the National Capital has been deteriorating for nearly past one week.

Though NGT had cleared the implementation of the Delhi government's odd-even vehicle plying scheme, it has come down hard on the exemptions granted on the two previous occasions when the scheme was enforced.

The government had exempted women, government officials and two-wheelers from the rationing. Following the arguments and keeping in mind the seriousness of the situation, the NGT gave a green flag to AAP for the scheme but with no exemption to women and children.

"At the moment we are calling it off".

"We can not ignore the pollution", the bench said adding that it will hear the plea today itself after finishing the matters listed on its board. "This forced the NGT to wonder if all the objections raised by the AAP are for grandstanding before the media".

The Tribunal has also asked for a detailed report on the emissions caused by cars in the National Capital Region (NCR) and what the other pollutant factors are.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud considered the submission.

"We know that a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court by a citizen".

Earlier, AAP Chief and Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal had written a letter to his counterparts in Punjab and Haryana, seeking a meeting as soon as possible to discuss the rising smog issue.

Nikhil Pahwa, an activist and journalist who has written about air pollution, outlined 22 different ideas on Twitter to curb it, adding that the government has always been aware of such measures.

The entry of trucks except those carrying essentials has been banned in the national capital, besides work on civil construction sites was suspended.

This is due to the severe air pollution and smog in Delhi.

The plea seeks directions to the Centre and the states on stubble burning, road dust and effective implementation of the Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme. "There has been no policy measure to promote non-motorised transport in the capital".

Reports also said, "There was no lawyer from the Delhi government's side present at the hearing that the latter had itself requested".

The "emergency situation" was last witnessed from Thursday to Saturday morning.

The Odd-Even Rule will be coming back to Delhi for the third time and will be implemented from 13 November 2017 and be valid throughout the week till 17 November 2017. Adding another wave of commuters may result in collapse of public transportation system.

Delhi's air, among the world's dirtiest, worsens in the winter months. Odd-even is an unnecessary obstacle in the lives of Delhiites. "It is hard to say what the outcome of this exercise was", says Saransh Sharma who is a parent of a school-going child at a Delhi government school.

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