Delhi government files plea in NGT seeking changes in its previous directions

Delhi pollution: NGT slams govt, SC to hear plea over rising smog

The Aam Aadmi Party government had said that they will file a review petition in front of the National Green Tribunal over the odd-even policy, however, the NGT on Monday told media outlets that the Delhi government had not filed any review petition on the policy. The last couple of times, women drivers and two-wheeler motorists were exempted from the odd-even scheme but this time; these motorists will not be exempt from the odd-even rule as the Green Court questioned the rationality of the exemption to the Delhi government. The NGT said that the emergency vehicles shall get an exemption during the odd even scheme.

The levels of PM2.5 and PM10 continued to rise even as both central and Delhi governments claimed partial relief during the afternoon.

The court also directed all the neighboring state governments and departments to ensure complete mechanism during environmental emergency.

To reduce the pollution level, the Delhi government had ordered the implementation of the odd-even rationing of vehicles from today. "You have not followed 99 directions and introduced the odd-even scheme", the Bench said. It was implemented for 15 days from January 1-15 and April 15-30 past year. The tribunal is likely to hear the matter on Tuesday.

"At the moment we are calling it off". The smog situation in the National Capital has been deteriorating for nearly past one week. Delhi's public transportation can not take that load.

This is due to the severe air pollution and smog in Delhi.

Earlier, AAP Chief and Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal had written a letter to his counterparts in Punjab and Haryana, seeking a meeting as soon as possible to discuss the rising smog issue.

BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma also slashed down on the Delhi government remarking that, the AAP government never implemented hundred of other option suggested by the NGT to overcome the situation but was stuck on the odd even scheme only. The harassment one goes through as a woman using public transport was enough to prompt me to put my savings into a depreciating asset; it wasn't just a auto for me, it was my independence.

Nikhil Pahwa, an activist and journalist who has written about air pollution, outlined 22 different ideas on Twitter to curb it, adding that the government has always been aware of such measures.

The Delhi Government has cited reports of fluctuating pollution levels in the national capital. "It is hard to say what the outcome of this exercise was", says Saransh Sharma who is a parent of a school-going child at a Delhi government school.

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