Delhi government relents, says Odd-Even rule to have no exceptions

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The Delhi government counsel, when asked whether there would be any exemptions to the odd-even scheme, informed that it would be implemented in consonance with the court's orders.

Although the dates of the implementation of the odd-even scheme have not been specified as of now, sources in the Delhi government told Catch that the scheme is likely to take place before the end of year.

The next edition of the odd-even plan in Delhi will make no exceptions even for women, the Arvind Kejriwal government has said in an anti-pollution action plan submitted to the National Green Tribunal amid a massive controversy over Lankan cricketers complaining of discomfort and wearing masks during matches in the capital.

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The tribunal had on Wednesday slammed the Delhi government and the neighbouring states over their action plan on ways to deal with severe air pollution in the city and directed them to file a detailed document to tackle with the problem. Earlier, the government claims that the Delhi Pollution level increased due to the reason for burning crops. Also, the immediate closure of all pollution causing industries has also been recommended by the state government to the tribunal. It also argued that public transportation was not equipped to accommodate so many two-wheeler drivers. Also, NGT had given the 48 hours time to Delhi government to submit its report against the Delhi air pollution action plan.

The tribunal noted that not a single First Information Report or FIR had been filed in connection with pollution. The bench further said that once formulated, actions under these action plans would need to be taken by each state depending on the air quality levels without any excuse.

The NGT had made it clear that only emergency vehicles such as fire engines and ambulances can be granted an exemption. "It should be cumulative and there should be measures for moderate air quality, poor air quality and levels worse than that, including severe", observed the bench, asking the Delhi government for more clarity on each measure, including the road-rationing scheme.