Delhi Defers Odd-Even For Now
The odd-even scheme is not returning to the national capital for now after the National Green Tribunal ordered the withdrawal of exemptions given to women and two-wheelers. The Delhi government said it will move the NGT on Monday, requesting a review of its order and if the exemptions are granted, the scheme's implementation "will be considered". After a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot announced that the measure, which was to be implemented between November 13 and 17, was being "called off" as the number of buses was inadequate and women's safety could not be compromised.
In a statement, the government later said that it has decided to "defer" its implementation. Gahlot said the authorities are ready to roll it out immediately if the exemptions are granted.
The NGT, which gave a conditional approval to the scheme, said that it should be implemented as and when PM (particulate matter) 10 level goes above 500 micrograms per cubic metre and PM 2.5 level cross the limit of 300 micrograms per cubic metre and persisted for 48 hours at a stretch.
Meanwhile, the NGT has directed the Delhi government and the municipal corporations to ensure availability of appropriate parking facilities for cars and discourage road-side parking. A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar slammed authorities for not complying with its earlier orders to decongest traffic and asked them to take steps in a holistic manner.
“Why have you not created appropriate parking place for cars? You people are responsible for creating mess on roads by creating two-three lanes of parking. Why don't you cancel the agreement with contractors who abuse their terms? These parking people become officers and traffic police just watch them,” the Bench said.
The green panel said that if new cars are being allowed to registered, they must be given proper parking spaces. It also directed the government and the traffic police to challan and seize 10-year-old diesel vehicles and 15-year-old petrol vehicles to curb air pollution in the city.
“We direct the Commissioner of Police, Delhi to ensure that vehicles which are violating the above directions of the Tribunal should be seized and compliance report be submitted to the Tribunal on the next date of hearing,” the bench said.
With inputs From Housing News