Pollution: NGT seeks fresh action plan from Delhi government

Delhi government told NGT that Odd Even rule will be implemented without exemptions to combat pollution

Delhi government told NGT that Odd Even rule will be implemented without exemptions to combat pollution

The government also issued various directives in the new action plan including ban on entry of polluting heavy motor vehicles and temporary ban on construction.

The Delhi government submitted its action plan to combat pollution recommending no exemption be given under the odd-even auto rationing scheme in the state, on Wednesday.

However, appreciating the city Government, the Bench headed by NGT chief Justice Swatanter Kumar has sought more clarity.

The tribunal took exception that Punjab and Haryana were following the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority's (EPCA's) comprehensive action plan and not applying their own mind.

Further, during the hearing, the NGT directed the Delhi Government and neighbouring States to clarify their action plans and how they would implement the Graded Resp-onse Action Plan (GRAP) given the severity of the air quality. Why don't you apply your own brains?

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Besides the change in stance regarding the odd-even policy, the plan according to The Indian Express report includes several strict measures to curb the rising air pollution levels in the capital.

"Odd-even will come when the air-quality is beyond severe but what about other days?"

According to the Delhi government, it had very strong reasons for making the exemptions, saying many women do not feel comfortable or safe in public transport, especially those who work at odd hours. Therefore, NGT again pulled Delhi government and asked to submit action plan in two days.

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.

"We will implement the odd-even scheme next time as directed by the tribunal, which is no exemptions", the Delhi Government counsel Tarunvir Singh Khehar said.

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