The Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi came in for sharp criticism from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday for choosing to implement the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme as one of the measures to tackle the high levels of air pollution.
Questioning the rationale behind the Delhi government's move, the tribunal asked the Delhi government what was the basis of granting exemptions under the odd-even scheme if the govt want to improve the air quality.
Wagon Cab said: "We welcome the government's decision of implementing the odd and even rule to deal with the current environment situation."The company also said to have added 1,000 more cabs for commuters to travel without having a burden of hidden charges."These cabs would be available near business parks, shopping complex, airports and railway stations", the statement said". To this, the Delhi Government stated that this couldn't be said as of now.
The car-rationing scheme, which was enforced twice in the national capital in 2016, will be in place between November 13 and 17 from 8 am to 8 pm.
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"We will not allow odd-even vehicle rationalisation scheme until you prove that it's not counter-productive", he said.
According to the government, vehicles of the President, the Vice-President, the Prime Minister, Governors, the Chief Justice of India, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Union Ministers, Leaders of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, and SPG protectees, among others, will be exempt. "The old stickers which were issued in the last edition of Odd-Even will be valid too", the minister said. However, the expenditure was Rs 544.35 crore and the difference of Rs 260 crore was paid by the government. Teams of the Delhi Police, Transport Department and sub-divisional magistrates will be deployed to ensure strict implementation of the car-rationing scheme.
"Delhi Metro has also promised to provide 100 small buses during the period. However, there will be no compulsion", Mr Gahlot said.