Odd-even had no impact; NGT asks AAP govt to come up with new solution

As per NGT's report, the ambient air quality in Delhi during the odd-even implementation period was found to have deteriorated further than the level when the restriction was not in force.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 18, 2016 5:57 pm
delhi, delhi pollution, delhi traffic, delhi odd even policy, delhi traffic congestion, delhi garbage, who report, world health organisation, delhi air pollution, delhi water pollution, delhi noise pollution, denge, chikungunya, delhi dengue deaths, delhi chikungunya cases, indian express news, delhi news, india news As per NGT’s report, the ambient air quality in Delhi during the odd-even implementation period was found to have deteriorated further than the level when the restriction was not in force.

The National Green Tribunal Tuesday directed Delhi government to convene a meeting of concerned authorities to come up with a solution to tackle the worsening air quality in the national capital, after being told that the odd-even scheme has not helped in curbing pollution.

The direction to hold such a meeting soon was given by a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar to the Delhi Chief Secretary, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and other stakeholders. The order came after Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said there was no improvement in air quality in Delhi during the second week of the odd-even scheme in April.

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In fact, as per its report, the ambient air quality in Delhi during the odd-even implementation period was found to have deteriorated further than the level when the restriction was not in force, it said. “The counsel appearing for CPCB on instructions says there has been no improvement in ambient air quality of Delhi during implementation of odd-even scheme…The Chief Secretary, NCT of Delhi shall conduct a meeting in relation to ambient air quality in Delhi,” the bench said.

The matter was listed for next hearing on November 16. Earlier, the apex pollution monitoring body had told NGT
that the decline in vehicular emission in the second week of odd-even was not a dominant enough factor to impact the pollution levels.

The CPCB had monitored several pollutants between April 1-14 before the odd-even period and April 15-30 during it, to arrive at the conclusion. The NGT was hearing a petition filed by scientist Mahendra Pandey who had sought independent monitoring of air quality index and alleged that vehicular emission was not a major contributing factor to pollution.

In his petition, while referring to an IIT Roorkee study, Pandey had claimed that no significant change in air quality was registered during the first phase of the scheme which was earlier in force between January 1 and 15.

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  1. Arun Kumar
    Oct 18, 2016 at 1:33 pm
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      IML sood
      Oct 18, 2016 at 4:04 pm
      Another fraud of Khujli's Govt. get exposed.Delhi people were cheated with Odd and Even experiments and public money wasted in addition to people's nightmare.Utter failure one after the other.
      1. R
        Oct 18, 2016 at 1:29 pm
        As per internal sources, this data is fudged by Modi and his govt. Kejriwal and his chamchas will come up with this statement tomorrow morning.
        1. Venkataraman Jagadesan
          Oct 18, 2016 at 9:58 pm
          Our sincere request to any authority including NGT to ask for the AAPtrds Govt for any new suggestion or modification to the odd /even or any new set of regulation, it will lead to more chaos and the people will only suffer. It is better to leave these anarchists to rule till such time they get thrown out of their own wrong decisions. Jai Hind.
          1. S
            Oct 18, 2016 at 3:05 pm
            Odd even is excellent yaar. what a traffic relief it was!! For pollution control, NGT should involve all nearby states otherwise all exercises will be futile for sure.They shouldn't waste time shouting in Delhi only.
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