Kejriwal govt withdraws odd-even review plea after NGT rap

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New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday pulled up the Delhi government while hearing its review plea on odd-even scheme implementation.

During the hearing in the matter on Tuesday, NGT asked Delhi why ladies-only buses cannot be pressed into service to solve the problem of transport during the proposed Odd-Even scheme.

Questioning the very logic of the plea, the tribunal also reprimanded the state government for the suggestion. It was of the opinion that while the reports prove that two-wheelers are bigger culprits than four-wheeler vehicles, why is the rationale behind the exemptions.

Following strong objections by the tribunal, the state withdrew its petition. NGT suggested that the state government take care of the logical explanations for exemptions when they approach it again. The government had scrapped its plan to implement the odd-even scheme on Saturday after the NGT disallowed exemption for women and two-wheelers.

The latest air quality index data reveals that not only Delhi, but many cities across the North Indian plains are battling deteriorating pollution crisis. Delhi remains in ‘severe’ category, while pollution levels recorded in Varanasi place it in ‘very poor’ levels.