Delhi pollution: NGT refuses to exempt women, two-wheelers from Odd-Even; Kejriwal govt withdraws petition

Delhi pollution: The NGT also asked the government to identify most polluted areas today and sprinkle water as it ordered taking off 10-year-old diesel vehicles off the road.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 14, 2017 3:28 pm
NGT refuses to exempt women, two-wheelers from Odd-Even rule Delhi pollution: Sparrow birds roosting on cables are silhouetted against an under construction building in the morning fog in Greater Noida, near New Delhi, India, Friday, Nov.10, 2017. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday allowed the Delhi government to withdraw its application which sought a review of the previous order on Odd-Even, with the liberty to file again. While hearing the review application, the green tribunal asked the government why it chose to give arbitrary exemptions 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 NGT asked.

The NGT bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar also asked the Delhi government why it can’t run ladies-only buses to solve the transport problem during Odd-Even scheme. “Why don’t you take positive steps? Why should we exempt anyone?” asked NGT. “Last time you said, you’re procuring 4000 buses, what happened to that,” the green tribunal added. The NGT also asked the government to identify most polluted areas today
and sprinkle water as it ordered taking off 10-year-old diesel vehicles off the road.

While slamming the Delhi government for not putting in place emergency measures, the green tribunal said measures should be applied by the government after dangerous levels of PM2.5 and PM10 persist for more than 48 hours. “Don’t gift infected lungs to children. They have to wear masks to school. What constitutes a health emergency according to you? Measures should be applied automatically by the government after dangerous levels of PM 2.5 and PM 10 persist for more than 48 hours.”

The NGT also directed the pollution boards to submit the analysis of pollution levels on the next date of hearing for them to analyse even as all restriction imposed on the previous order will continue till the date of hearing. The green tribunal also noted that those industries whose emissions are within the parameters, are non-polluting and compliant with regulations be allowed to work.

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  1. G
    Gopal Verma
    Nov 14, 2017 at 8:49 pm
    This NGT judge Swatantra Kumar's daughter is legal counsel for DDA. So any guesses why he will let the Delhi govt work? Modi has spoiled all the ins utions by implanting lowest level of insects in them.
    1. Y
      Nov 14, 2017 at 9:46 pm
      "What happened to the buses?"
    2. K
      Nov 14, 2017 at 8:40 pm
      Basic reasons for wild spread of pollution to the dangerous levels such as burning of stubble crops in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, diesel trucks and cars, diesel generators, Power plants in Delhi, construction activities etc need to be thought over by all concerned and a policy matter arrived to solve this acute problem. This is a crises like situation we all have to face every year and something needs to be done to get rid of the hell.
      1. M
        Nov 14, 2017 at 8:29 pm
        First you made the pollution by allowing all sort of polluting vehciles and buildings, which block the natural wind patterns. Delhi is under the all powerfull LG. Where is he. Is it not his responsibility to fight against pollution. NGT tried to shoulder the blame on the elected Govt, which outsmarted by offering a odd even formula. NGT tried another trick by not allowing exemption to women drivers and two wheelers. If two wheelers are stopped, the public transport system can not bear the burden and it will be chaos on the street. Delhi Govt. played it smart and queitly withdrawn the odd even scheme, not having to face public outcry. The dirty politics goes on and the pulic will be left to suffer, because they did not vote for the Jhumla Party.
        1. S
          Nov 14, 2017 at 7:16 pm
          Oooooooo NGT, have u given till today a single proposal to reduce pollution. All members of NGT are paper tigers. They are not concerned about pollution. They are only concerned to worm their chairs, take monthly ry and if possible block any efforts to reduce pollution. To make efforts to reduce pollution is responsibility of executive,. NGT does not have any right to stop any efforts to reduce pollution. Whether it is violating equality or not is the responsibility of court and not of NGT. But this NGT is planted by a bjp don in delhi. He does not leave a single opportunity to trouble delhi government. Keep your rotten ideas with urself, worm ur. Chairs, and take monthly ry and perks. And please keep quiet.
          1. P
            Nov 14, 2017 at 6:25 pm
            Unless state governments be made liable for clean air clean water pothole free roads not much will change
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