New Delhi, Nov 11: The National Green Tribunal on Saturday asked the Delhi government the rationale behind implementing the Odd-Even scheme now and not when air quality was worse. The tribunal gave its approval for the scheme even as it asked if the scheme was being implemented with the consent of both the Lieutenant Governor as well as the Delhi government. The NGT also said, “It is most worrying that there is absolute non cooperation between various departments of government.”
The NGT also asked Delhi Government about reasons behind exemptions and the impact of pollution emanating from two wheelers, and whether they intend to employ the Odd-Even scheme whenever the pollution levels spiral. To this, the Delhi Government stated that this couldn’t be said as of now.
The tribunal also pulled up the CMD of DTC for not reading the former judgements on Odd Even Scheme and said that it was unfortunate. The NGT asked DTC on the number of unused buses in its workshops.
The NGT also asked the Delhi Traffic Police to deploy its personnel at traffic lights, observing that almost all the main roads in the city are witness to diesel vehicles which are older than 10 years and petrol vehicles which are older than 15 years.
NGT on artificial rains
The NGT also questioned the Arvind Kejriwal government over the delay in deciding on artificial rain when “the statistics had indicated that rain leads to a fall in pollution levels”, adding that “its patience shouldn’t be tested.”
During the hearing on Saturday, the Central Pollution Control Board submitted that they had warned the Delhi government orally in advance about the impending problem, which the Delhi government denied. Central Pollution Control Board submitted before the National Green Tribunal that rain could take place in the next two days.
NGT on Parking fee
The NGT also pulled up the Delhi government over hike in parking fee. The asked the Delhi government, “Won’t the hike of parking fees only benefit the parking lots, and would stress people even further, thereby encouraging them to park vehicles on the roads instead, choking them in the process?”
NGT to neighbouring states
The tribunal on Saturday also asked the Uttar Pradesh Government about the number of violators challaned in Noida and Greater Noida. The NGT directed all the neighboring state Governments and departments to ensure complete mechanism during environmental emergency, saying they must not wait for crisis situation.
On Friday, the NGT had rapped the Arvind Kejriwal government for announcing the Odd-Even scheme in Delhi despite the Central Pollution Control Board’s report that it was ineffective. The NGT also said that it won’t allow the Odd-Even scheme till the Delhi government first proves that it did manage to reduce pollution. The tribunal said it will stay the imposition of the scheme.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced that the Odd-Even scheme will be rolled out for five days starting November 13. The development came hours after the High Court suggested a car rationing scheme as was done last year. On the implementation of the Odd-Even scheme, the NGT said that the “formula can’t be imposed like this,” adding, “Nothing has been done from your (Delhi government) end since the past one year.