Delhi pollution: NGT slams govt, SC to hear plea over rising smog

Phillip Cunningham
November 14, 2017

The local government's decision was announced after a cabinet meeting that followed hours after India's environmental court, National Green Tribunal (NGT), granted a conditional permission to the authorities for the scheme.

"The original jurisdiction on environment related matters lies with the NGT, so there is no bar in government filing a review petition in the NGT", Agarwal said.

SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research) said there is possibility of rains in the evening of November 14. The AAP had alleged that the subtle burning in Punjab and Haryana, was the main cause of the rising pollution in Delhi. "I truly feel that this government is not very serious about controlling pollution", she reprimanded.

The question which everyone is now asking, is what the Arvind Kejriwal government is planning to do now that the government's odd-even plan is in limbo.

This is the third time the odd-even scheme is being launched in Delhi. As the NGT is to take up the hearing today, there is no show of the lawyer from the Delhi government's side. "We need to exempt them from odd-even scheme", Prakash added. The report also says that the capital city needs more than 10,000 buses to meet it's present demand. The harassment one goes through as a woman using public transport was enough to prompt me to put my savings into a depreciating asset; it wasn't just a vehicle for me, it was my independence.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Swatanter Kumar asked the officials of Uttar Pradesh government and the authority to explain the steps they were taking to deal with pollution.

But, of course, AAP can't risk leaving women out of the exemptions' list - one untoward incident, and it would be doomed.

The NGT has been criticising the Delhi government for poor preparedness as the city struggled to breathe. Large parts of northern India are also affected - in fact the air in some cities is worse than in Delhi.

The "odd-even" scheme, introduced temporarily a year ago, says vehicles with license plates ending in odd numbers can only be driven on odd-numbered dates, and those with even-numbers on others.

Soon after the order, the government rolled back it's decision to implement the policy and said that the socio-economic costs of enforcing it without exemption will be too high for Delhi to bear.

The state government said Thursday it would impose vehicle rationing for the world's most polluted capital over five days starting Monday in the hopes of improving air quality, as doctors declared a public health emergency. The other measures would mean involvement of neighbouring states and their respective governments.

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