No odd-even without exemptions, says Delhi government

Kristopher Drake
November 12, 2017

"The publicity you gave to odd-even 2, did you give to destination buses too?" it had asked the Delhi government, referring to the non-stop buses launched earlier this year in a bid to encourage auto owners to travel by public transport.

"This government gives highest priority to the safety and security of women".

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. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has already likened the city to a "gas chamber". The NGT said that a hundred measures have been suggested to curb pollution, but the government always opts for Odd-Even.

In order to crack the whip on alarming levels of pollution in the city, the Delhi government on Thursday announced that the odd-even auto rationing system would be re-introduced. When statistics indicate that rains lead to a fall in pollution levels, why did you take time to spray water? "Act immediately or we will attach government treasury", it said.

"The odd-even will go on".

"Further, this government feels that considering the large number of two-wheelers in Delhi, unless adequate number of buses are available, implementation of odd-even will cause great hardship to such persons".

The NGT has also said that the rule, which will be in place from 8 am to 8 pm, would apply to two-wheelers, government vehicles and women drivers as well. To this, the Delhi Government stated that this couldn't be said as of now.

Earlier in the day, the tribunal said that in future the odd-even scheme should automatically come into force if the PM2.5 and PM10, particles in air with diameter less than 2.5 and 10mm respectively, goes above the 300 and 500 mark respectively for 48 hours.

The company also stated that it was planning to launch several shared mobility innovations to make mobility in the city more accessible and hassle-free, reducing the negative impact on the environment. "No exemption of any kind to anyone, including two-wheelers, women, public officers or politicians, except essential services", NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said on Saturday.

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