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Smog-hit Delhi calls off odd-even vehicle rationing plan

14 November 2017, 12:46 | Franklin Nunez

On these stretches safety seems light years away Chennai Sat,11 Nov 2017

On these stretches safety seems light years away

Tribunal is likely to hear the plea tomorrow.

The Delhi government had on Saturday said it would approach the green court again on Monday requesting the exemptions and, subject to the NGT decision, it would "consider implementing it again".

Earlier, NGT on Friday asked the Delhi government to submit data or studies on the basis of which it has planned to introduce the odd-even vehicle rationing formula from next week.

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

Both PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels, measured at 480 and 712 micrograms per cubic meter, respectively, were back at the "emergency" threshold of the Graded Response Action Plan.

The Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday, during a hearing with the National Green Tribunal, had suggested the implementation of the odd even scheme in Delhi, beginning from today for five days.

The National Green Tribunal on Monday asked whether the Delhi government was only informing the media about a review petition on the odd-even scheme since no review petition has been filed as yet. Large parts of northern India are also affected - in fact the air in some cities is worse than in Delhi.

The Delhi Government has cited reports of fluctuating pollution levels in the national capital.

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The "odd-even" scheme, introduced temporarily a year ago, says vehicles with license plates ending in odd numbers can only be driven on odd-numbered dates, and those with even-numbers on others. Adding another wave of commuters may result in collapse of public transportation system.

India's smog-choked capital has called off a plan to restrict private vehicle use after the country's top environmental court ruled women, VIPs and two-wheelers could not be exempt.

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

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

According to the Newspaper,"We discussed that around 3000 crores will be spent to check the pollution levels in Delhi".

Delhi is considered to be the most polluted city in the world.

"The state government still went ahead with the scheme, even though their own Delhi Pollution Board said it was not effective, and in fact, worsened the situation in phase-1 and phase-2".

The global permissible limit for PM2.5 - particles in air with diameter less than 2.5mm - is 25 units (micro gram per cubic metre), while for India it is 60 units.



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