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NGT rejects plea to exempt two-wheelers from odd-even

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Published : Dec 16, 2017, 1:22 am IST
Updated : Dec 16, 2017, 6:12 am IST

DTC directed to introduce more buses in fleet.

National Green Tribunal. (Photo: PTI)
 National Green Tribunal. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal on Friday dismissed the AAP government’s review plea seeking exemption for two-wheelers in odd-even scheme, saying such a relaxation would defeat the purpose of improving Delhi’s ambient air quality. A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar noted in its order that it was undisputed before them that there were over 60 lakh two-wheelers in Delhi. “The number also consists of two-wheelers which are very old and their emissions are beyond prescribed limits,” a bench said.

“It also cannot be disputed that emissions from two-wheelers are also a major source of pollution. The exemptions sought would defeat the entire purpose of improving the air quality of Delhi,” it said. Under the scheme, odd and even numbered vehicles ply on alternate days. The green panel also directed the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) to introduce more buses in its fleet as per the Supreme Court order and strengthen the public transport system.

 

The bench had earlier sought a “workable solution” from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan for combating the problem of pollution. The tribunal had on December 6 slammed the AAP 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 the problem. It had observed that air pollution was never at “normal level” in the national capital and directed the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan to file the action plan afresh. The counsel for the Delhi government had filed the plan which recommended implementation of odd-even plan, ban on construction works and disallowing children from playing outside when air quality turns severe.

 

The counsel for petitioner Vardhaman Kaushik, who had filed the plea against worsening air quality, had said the action plans submitted by the states were merely “an eye-wash” and they have only “copy-pasted” the recommendations of the EPCA. Earlier, the NGT had directed the Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and every state pollution control board to file ambient air quality analysis before the tribunal.

Tags: national green tribunal, aap government
Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi