New Delhi: The Delhi government on Monday did not file a review petition in the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on the odd-even ruling, two days after it decided to hold the traffic rationing scheme in abeyance and said it would request the green court to exempt women and two-wheelers from the restrictions.
The NGT questioned the Delhi government over not filing a review petition and wondered if its statement on Saturday was a media gimmick.
"There is no review petition from the Delhi government on odd-even though the Delhi minister said so earlier. Was the statement only for media?," asked NGT chairperson justice Swatanter Kumar while hearing another case in the tribunal.
A case regarding the overall air pollution in Delhi is listed for Tuesday in the NGT.
On Saturday, the green court gave the go ahead to the odd-even scheme and disapproved of all the exemptions that were given during the previous two phases of odd-even in January and April 2016.
The Delhi government said it will approach the green court again on Monday, and request that exemptions be given for women drivers and two-wheelers. Subject to the NGT's decision, the Delhi government will 'consider implementing it again.'
The road rationing scheme is to be implemented from November 13 to 17 as suggested by the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) and specified under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), after Delhi's air quality went 'beyond severe.'
Last year, exemptions were given to women, two-wheelers, vehicles carrying children in school uniforms and VVIPs.
SC to hear plea to curb pollution
The Supreme Court agreed to hear on Monday itself a fresh plea seeking to curb rising pollution in Delhi and the national capital region (NCR).
"We cannot ignore the pollution," the bench said adding that it will hear the plea today itself after finishing the matters listed on its board.
The fresh plea seeks direction to the Center and the states concerned to take measures on curbing road dust and stubble burning.
It also seeks effective implementation of the odd-even car rationing scheme.
Smog continues, eight trains canceled
The nearly a week-long spell of toxic smog enveloping the national capital continued with reduced visibility in some areas leading to cancellation of eight trains in Delhi.
The minimum temperature dropped to 12.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average, a MeT department official said.
The humidity was recorded at 93 per cent at 8.30 am.
The visibility dropped to 500 meters at 5.30 am and later to 400 meters at 8.30 am.
According to a senior Indian Railways official, 69 trains have been delayed, 22 rescheduled, and eight canceled.
Light rain is expected on November 14-15, which might intensify the fog but could clear the smog, according to the MeT department.
The national capital has been experiencing dense smog for about a week, forcing authorities to enforce emergency measures such as banning construction activities and brick kilns in the National Capital Region.
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