Decision to call-off scheme was taken at a meeting which was chaired by Arvind Kejriwal and was also attended by the Ministers, including Gahlot, Gopal Rai and Imran Hussain.
Delhi Government has called-off odd-even scheme after National Green Tribunal (NGT) refused to exempt anyone from the scheme except the CNG vehicles and emergencey vehicles.
Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot hours after NGT gave its conditional nod made the announcement that,”Odd-even scheme from November 13-17 in National Capital has been called off in view of the order by NGT which withdrew all the exemptions except on the plying of emergency vehicles”.
The Transport Minister further added that,”We cannot compromise with safety of women. We cannot take the risks. PM2.5 and PM10 levels have also come down. So at this moment we are calling it off. We will file a review application in NGT on Monday”.
NGT Bench which is headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar had ordered that there should be no exemption to any person or the officer and two-wheelers” from ambit and scope of road rationing scheme and would be applied with equal vigour to all the vehicles.
NGT’s decision came after Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) submitted before the Bench that the two-wheelers were more polluting than the other vehicles, and the emissions from the motorbikes accounted for 20 per cent of total vehicular pollution.
Delhi Govt. had announced exemptions for the women drivers, the two-wheelers and vehicles carrying children in the school uniforms, besides VVIPs.
Source - ptinews.com