NGT has now approved of the ODD-EVEN scheme to be implemented in Delhi after initial rejection of the hasty decision yesterday. However, Two Wheelers, Women and government employees will now not be exempted from the scheme, though Ambulances will be. In the announcement, The National Green Tribunal also said, “Odd-Even scheme must be implemented in Delhi NCR as and when PM 10 crosses 300 level and PM 2.5 crosses 500.” The bench for the approval of the scheme was headed by Justice Swatantra Kumar. NGT desk also criticized the lack of cooperation between the various departments of the government and the urgency to make decisions without overseeing their implications.
Delhi Government was also asked to present the letter on which they decided to create the scheme and if they had taken the approval of the LG.
Central Pollution Control Board also stated that they had indeed warned the government that there is going to be a smog related problem in the capital, but the Delhi government denied any warnings or talks between them related to the topic.
“So we should assume that the government is sure of the odd-even scheme’s benefit, and of no inconvenience taking place to the citizens.” the NGT asked about government decision to implement the ODD-EVEN scheme.