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Will bring Odd-Even without exemptions: Delhi government to NGT

07 December 2017

The Delhi government submitted its action plan to combat pollution recommending no exemption be given under the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme in the state, on Wednesday.

NGT had objected to various provisions in the scheme exempting women, two-wheelers, VVIPs and children carriers.The government had cancelled the plan to implement the odd-even formula in November when Delhi was enveloped in choking haze, saying that they "cannot compromise on women safety".

Delhi government will not give any exemption to women when it implements the odd-even policy to combat pollution in the city.

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The counsel for the Delhi government said he would seek proper instructions and inform the bench accordingly.

The green panel directed them to file a detailed document to tackle the problem by tomorrow.

The government later withdrew that petition and filed a second review petition, asking for the road-rationing scheme to be implemented in NCR states too. Earlier, the government claims that the Delhi Pollution level increased due to the reason for burning crops.

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The government has also said in its plan that construction will be stopped completely when air pollution level touches "severe" category, adding that the entry of trucks into the city will also be banned during the time. "However, you need to state both PM 2.5 and PM 10 concentration levels, which are not harmful to human health and tolerable", noted the bench.

However, on Monday, the green court lashed out at the Arvind Kejriwal-government for not filing a comprehensive action plan to curb pollution and slammed authorities for holding the India-Sri Lanka cricket match despite poor air quality. "Tell us beyond those levels, what measures you will take for each level of air quality. What are your normal steps to check pollution", the bench asked.

"Odd-even will come when the air-quality is beyond severe but what about other days?"

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Will bring Odd-Even without exemptions: Delhi government to NGT