No exemptions for odd-even, Delhi govt submits plan to NGT

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Kejriwal's Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot had said that the decision to cancel the move was in view of the directive by the NGT, which had ordered the withdrawal of all exemptions, including to two-wheeler riders and woman-only vehicles, under the odd-even scheme.

The Delhi Government on Wednesday announced that there will be no exemptions under the odd-even scheme, in its action plan to combat pollution submitted before the National Green Tribunal.

During the hearing, advocate Sanjay Upadhyay, appearing for Vardhaman Kaushik who had filed plea against worsening air quality in Delhi, said the action plans submitted by the states was merely "an eye-wash" and they have only "copy- pasted" the recommendations of the Supreme Court appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government then cancelled the plan with a minister saying: "We can not compromise on women's security".

During the proceedings, both the states told the green panel that a slew of measures including stopping construction work, burning waste, shutting schools and monitoring of industries causing emissions will be taken whenever pollution is beyond prescribed limits continuously for 48 hours.

The tribunal noted that not a single First Information Report or FIR had been filed in connection with pollution. "The government only talks about challans (prosecution slips). but nothing is reflected on the ground", the tribunal admonished.

The NGT had slammed the Delhi government accusing it of having made a mess of Delhi.

The entry of trucks in Delhi will also be banned when pollution levels are "severe".

Yesterday, some members of the Lankan cricket team wore pollution masks at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. Suranga Lakmal vomited on the field.

Smog had led to multiple interruptions in the third Test between India and Sri Lanka in Delhi on Sunday.

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