NGT to hear Delhi govt's fresh petition on odd-even today

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday said that the hearing of the fresh petition by the Delhi government in accordance to the odd-even will be held on Thursday, as requested by the government.
In a new plea to the green court, the Delhi government sought to exempt two-wheelers and women from the policy, either for a year or till there are 2,000 more buses.
The NGT had on Tuesday rejected the plea seeking exemptions for women drivers and two-wheelers in its odd-even scheme to tackle air pollution in Delhi-NCR, effectively ruling out any chance of the scheme being implemented soon.
Further, the tribunal pulled up the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab for blaming each other over the decline in air quality, and asked them to list the steps taken to control pollution.
Sources in the government said that this time they expect the NGT to consider their plea.
On Monday, the Delhi government had approached the tribunal specifically seeking exemptions for women drivers and two-wheelers. The government withdrew its application on Tuesday, after it failed to convince the NGT.
The tribunal also questioned the government over the number of public transport buses in the city and said that the government claimed it ordered thousands of buses but had not got a single one yet.
The tribunal also directed Delhi to ensure that diesel vehicles that are more than 10 years old are removed from city roads without any delay. It also said the city should not gift infected lungs to its children.
"It is pointed out that a large number of diesel taxis are being permitted to ply in NCT of Delhi, contrary to the judgment and directions of the Supreme Court. We direct the state government to look into this aspect and particularly the diesel vehicles which are more than 10 years old must be taken off the road and seized without any further wasting of time," NGT had noted earlier.
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