Delhi government seeks exemptions for odd-even this year

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"Replying t the letter of Kejriwal, Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar, on Monday said that "No single person, government or organisation can improve the air quality of Delhi", Khattar wrote to Kejriwal, also asking him what steps has the AAP taken to check stubble burning within the national capital". While the NGT was keen on having the scheme implemented without any exception, the government understood that its public transportation was not up to the task of bearing the added pressure that would come from banning two-wheelers.

The Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday, during a hearing with the National Green Tribunal, had suggested the implementation of the odd even scheme in Delhi, beginning from today for five days.

It had said the odd-even scheme should be implemented "without any default" as and when PM (particulate matter) 10 level goes above 500 microgrammes per cubic metre and the PM2.5 level crosses the limit of 300 microgrammes per cubic metre during a span of 48 hours.

The matter is likely to be heard by the Tribunal on Tuesday at around 1400 hours. Parking fees ought to be drastically increased, and payable even at night time. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia's media advisor Arunodoy Prakash said that Delhi's present public transport system can not bear the gargantuan load of additional commuters that lack of exemption to two-wheelers would cause.

However, the court looking into the environmental issues added the condition that only emergency vehicles like ambulances or fire fighting engines will be exempted during the scheme, and not women and two -wheelers.

The Tribunal disapproved all the exemptions that were given by the city government during the previous two phases of odd-even in January and April 2016.

The Delhi government counsel said from next year, with better preparation, it would be in a position to implement the odd-even scheme without any exemption.

"At the moment we are calling it off". Naginder Sharma, media advisor to the Chief Minister of Delhi told Firstpost that a review petition will be filed in the NGT today.

"This government gives highest priority to the safety and security of women".

Thus, the AAP government, which was supposed to implement the scheme by allowing vehicles with registration number ending with an even number on roads on even dates while those ending with an odd number on odd dates beginning from Monday to Friday (November 13-November 17) for a period of five days, has made a decision to cancel its plan for the time being. "This is not feasible to arrange such a large number of buses at this stage", a Delhi government statement said.

New Delhi continued to reel under smoggy conditions on Monday as a thick haze reduced visibility and air quality remained at "hazardous" levels.

The air quality in Delhi continues to remain in the severe zone on Monday.

Ghaziabad was the most polluted region in NCR region AQI of 497 at 7 p.m. while PM2.5 reached a risky 945 units - 37 times the safe limit.

"There has been some improvement".

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