The Delhi government on Monday withdrew its petition to the National Green Tribunal for modifications to the Odd-Even scheme. The NGT asked the government to come up with logical explanations for exemptions when they approach the tribunal again.
During the hearing, the tribunal rapped the Delhi government for seeking exemptions to the Odd-Even policy and asked why it could not run special buses for women. “Why don’t you take positive steps? Why should we exempt anyone. Last time you said 4000 buses will be procured, what happened to that?” the NGT asked while hearing the government’s review petition on the vehicle rationing scheme.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led government on Monday moved the green court seeking modification of its November 11 order, which refused to grant exemption for women and two-wheelers from the scheme. “When reports have stated that two-wheelers are more polluting than four-wheelers, why do you intend to give arbitrary exemptions? Is this a joke? What does one stand to gain from this?” the tribunal said.
Meanwhile, Delhi woke up to much better air quality on Tuesday after pollution levels had skyrocketed on Monday. The Air Quality Index was back to ‘severe’ category from ‘hazardous’ as was reported on Monday.
Moreover, giving a ray of hope, the MeT department has predicted light rainfall in the Delhi-NCR region over the next two days. The rainfall will help clear up the deadly smog and bring PM2.5 levels down.
On Monday, the Supreme Court also issued a notice to the Centre, the governments of Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab and three municipal corporations of Delhi on a plea seeking steps to tackle rising air pollution in the capital and NCR areas.
Delhi air pollution LIVE updates:
2.55 pm: Delhi’s air back to being “very poor” this afternoon, for the first time in a week. Still almost four times the norm
1.52 pm: NGT asks Delhi government to identify most polluted areas by Wednesday and sprinkle water, orders authorities to pull out 10-yr-old diesel vehicles off the road
1.48 pm: Work will continue on the the Eastern Periferal expressway and the Delhi-Meerut highway provided NHAI submits an affidavit that no dust particles will be spread, NGT rules
1.46 pm: NGT says all restrictions imposed on the previous order will continue till next date of hearing and asked government agencies to submit an analysis on the pollution levels. Essential goods and edible commodities are exempted from the order
1.40 pm: The industries whose emissions are within the parameters and are non polluting and compliant to regulations be allowed to work, says BGT
1.20 pm: Industries involved in essential commodities have been exempted to carry on their activity.We also direct industries whose emissions are limited in parameters be allowed to operate subject to verification: NGT
12.54 pm: Delhi government withdraws its petition for modifications on Odd-Even scheme. NGT asks government to come up with logical explanations for exemptions when they approach the tribunal again
12.44 pm: NGT to Delhi government: When reports have stated that two-wheelers are more polluting than four-wheelers, why do you intend to give arbitrary exemptions? Is this a joke? What does one stand to gain from this?
12.32 pm: “Why don’t you take positive steps? Why should we exempt anyone,” NGT asks on Delhi government’s plea to exempt 2-wheelers, women from Odd-Even policy. “Last time you said, you’re procuring 4000 buses, what happened to that?” asks NGT
12.31 pm: “Why can’t you run special buses for women,” NGT asks Delhi government on Odd-Even policy
11.59 am: Delhi High Court asks Union Environment Secretary to hold a meeting in the next three days with the
chief secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to work out a short-term plan to bring down air
11.36 am: “The minimum temperature was recorded at 14.6 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal,” a MeT department official said. The humidity was recorded at 84 per cent
11.27 am: CM Arvind Kejriwal asks his Punjab counterpart Captain Amarinder Singh to join the meeting with Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar on the menace of crop burning
11.24 am: Delhi High Court issues notice to government, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, police and organiser of Delhi Half Marathon on Indian Medical Association’s plea to postpone event in view of poor air quality
11: 05 am: The Railways continued to face delays and cancellations. Around 10 inbound trains were cancelled, 34 rescheduled and 73 trains were delayed.
9.30 am: There was high drama on Monday as the Delhi and Haryana government engaged in a blame game over stubble burning. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar will meet on Wednesday in Chandigarh to discuss the issue.
9.00 am: Lodhi Road had the worst air quality, with PM10 and PM2.5 levels at 506 and 502 respectively. At Pusa, (PM10 – 442, PM2.5 – 435); at Delhi University (PM10 – 476; PM2.5 – 473); at Airport (PM10- 483, PM2.5 – 468); at Noida (PM10- 487; PM2.5 – 507)
8.40 am: According to SAFAR, air quality is back to ‘severe’ category after reaching ‘hazardous’ on Monday