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Odd-Even scheme ‘half-baked’, pollution level still on rise: Supreme Court

Odd-Even scheme: The Delhi government will on Monday decide whether to extend the scheme aiming at tackling pollution.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 15, 2019 3:44:23 pm
odd even, sc odd even, sc order odd even scheme, delhi pollution level today The Kejriwal government will on Monday decide whether the odd-even scheme will be extended. Express Photo

The Supreme Court Friday pulled up the Delhi government over its Odd-Even scheme to tackle pollution saying it was ‘half-baked’ and despite its implementation, pollution levels were on the rise.

The Delhi government, represented by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, told the top court that the scheme helps reduce pollution levels by five to 15 per cent due and the air quality could be even better if no exemption is given under the scheme.

Read | Arvind Kejriwal: If air quality doesn’t improve, may go for next round of Odd-Even

“The real culprit of Delhi pollution is stubble burning. Last year no study was done on impact of Odd-Even,” the government said in its response.

However, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), in its filing, said the Odd-Even scheme cannot better air quality by more than four per cent.

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“We do not want people to undergo unnecessary inconvenience,” Kejriwal said at a press conference earlier today. “Air quality is predicted to improve over the next two-three days. A final call on extending the odd even scheme will be taken on Monday,” Kejriwal said. The road-rationing scheme, rolled out on November 4, ends today.

The apex court questioned the Delhi government over granting exemptions, including to 2-and-3 wheelers, during its odd-even scheme and said that pollution level in Delhi is increasing in spite of the vehicle rotation scheme being in force.

Odd even rule, Odd even rule Delhi, Delhi odd even rule, CNG vehicles Odd even rule, delhi pollution, delhi city news The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), in its filing, said the Odd-Even scheme cannot better air quality by more than four per cent.

The air quality index today remained in the ‘severe’ category at 466 at 11.30 am as a thick layer of toxic smog enveloped Delhi for the fourth consecutive day.

Meanwhile, the apex court summoned chief secretaries of Punjab, Haryana, UP and Delhi over pollution in Delhi-NCR. It added that effective steps must be taken and 13 pollution hotspots in Delhi be cleared of pollutants.

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