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.
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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