NGT Rejects Delhi Govt Plea To Exempt Two-Wheelers From Odd-Even Scheme
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has rejected the Delhi government's pleas to exempt two-wheelers in the odd-even scheme. The green panel held that such a relaxation would have defeated the purpose of improving the national capital's air quality.
"It is undisputed before us that there are over 60 lakh two-wheelers in Delhi. The number also consists of two-wheelers which are very old and their emissions are beyond prescribed limits," a Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.
"It also cannot be disputed that emissions from two-wheelers are also a major source of pollution. The exemptions sought would defeat the entire purpose of improving the air quality of Delhi," it said.
Under the scheme, odd and even numbered vehicles ply on alternate days.
The green panel also directed the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) to introduce more buses in its fleet according to the Supreme Court order and strengthen the public transport system.
The tribunal had on December 6 slammed the Delhi government and the neighbouring states over their action plan on ways to deal with severe air pollution in the city and directed them to file a detailed document to tackle the problem.