New Delhi, November 14: The Delhi government on Tuesday filed fresh review petition before National Green Tribunal in connection with odd-even policy. The Arvind Kejriwal government requested the green panel to exempt two-wheelers and women drivers for one year or till 2,000 additional buses are engaged. It also requested the panel to direct neighbouring states to implement the odd-even scheme.
The AAP government filed the petition just a few hours after the NGT refused to exempt women and two-wheelers from the odd-even scheme and ordered that diesel vehicles over 10 years old be taken off the roads immediately.
The green panel has also asked the city government to identify the most polluted areas today itself and sprinkle water. It also allowed the non-polluting industries and those manufacturing essential goods to operate in the Delhi-National Capital Region.
The panel has reportedly asked the government to come up with logical explanations for exemptions. While hearing the government’s review petition, the tribunal asked, “Why can’t you (Delhi government) run ladies special buses to solve the problem of transport during the odd-even scheme.”
The tribunal also raised question on government’s decision to re-open schools amid alarming pollution levels in national capital. It said, “Don’t gift infected lungs to children. They have to wear masks to school. What constitutes a health emergency according to you? Measures should be applied automatically by government after dangerous levels of PM 2.5 and PM 10 persist for more than 48 hours.”
The Delhi government had on Monday moved the NGT to modify its November 11 order refusing to exempt women and two-wheelers from the odd-even car rationing scheme to tackle pollution.
With inputs from PTI