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Delhi government calls off odd-even after NGT riders

Delhi government calls off odd-even after NGT riders

"We will again approach the NGT and will ask them to allow exemptions to women and two-wheelers", Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said here. Favoring the introduction of the odd-even scheme, Ola said the current levels of air pollution in the national capital were "troublesome" and it was necessary to take urgent steps.

However, the NGT also hopes that the odd-even scheme would not affect the commuters.

Earlier Saturday the environment court also ordered the automatic implementation of the odd-even rule any time PM10 particles soared over 500 and PM2.5 exceeded 300 for two days straight.

"The tribunal also said that no VIP vehicles, government officials or women will be spared under this scheme", he said.

Delhi and its surrounding states have been shrouded in a hazardous fog of toxic pollutants for almost a week, prompting authorities to roll out a slew of measures to combat the crisis.

The tribunal directed to implement the odd-even "right away" without waiting for 48 hours, in case PM2.5 and PM10 go beyond 400 and 700 units respectively. "If 30 lakh two-wheelers are off the road, Delhi's public transport system can not accommodate the surge", added Gehlot.

The decision came in the wake of degrading air quality in the national capital, which entered into the "Red Zone".

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It even asked why the Delhi government why it has not gone ahead with sprinkling water on the city to combat the toxic smog, which has triggered a pollution emergency.

During the hearing on Saturday, the Central Pollution Control Board submitted that they had warned the Delhi government orally in advance about the impending problem, which the Delhi government denied. Why don't you take proper steps for their maintenance.

The tribunal slammed DTC for not taking note of an NGT order on maintenance of buses and carrying out a rationalisation study so that the vehicles can be used more effectively.

The Indian Express reported that the airline has waiver policies for customers who are traveling to, from or through Delhi. PM2.5 and PM10 levels have also come down. In fact, the improvement in the air quality made during the day started diminishing from around 2 pm itself.

Air-monitoring agency SAFAR (System of Air quality and weather Forecasting and Research) project director Gufran Beig said: "There is no likelihood of last week's repeat as there is no fresh influx of pollutants from external sources such as stubble burning or dust storm in the larger region".

But by 6 pm, the readings had changed to 522 and 332.