Delhi Odd-Even Row: NGT rejects exemptions sought by Delhi Government

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The National Green Tribunal has, on November 14th, rejected the exemptions for women travelers and two-wheelers sought by the Government of Delhi for the implementation of the third installment of odd-even formula. Thrashing the exemptions sought by the government, NGT made its point clear saying, “When reports have stated that two-wheelers are more polluting than four-wheelers, why do you intend to give arbitrary exemptions? Is this a joke? What does one stand to gain from this?”


Read the highlights of the case here:


  • Reportedly, the Delhi government was asked why should an exemption be offered to women travelers? Further, as the government is concerned with the women safety, the court said, they should focus on running women-only buses to solve this problem, rather than exempting them from the odd-even rule.
  • Next, the green court asked the Kejriwal-led government that why these exemptions shall be made when the two-wheelers are also responsible for the pollution.
  • For two-wheelers exemption, the government told NGT that they’re not equipped with a sufficient number of buses to accommodate as many people. Hence, they are looking forward to this exemption.
  • Hence, while rejecting this exemption, the court asked the government to bring “logical explanations for exemptions”, the next time they head to the court.
  • “We respect the NGT decision, but its condition of removal of two-wheelers and women from the exemption list has made it difficult to implement the odd-even rule as we do not have adequate buses,” Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot said


Finally, the government had to withdraw its petition seeking a review of the NGT’s earlier order that ruled that no exemption should be allowed to two-wheelers or women during the odd-even scheme. There’s no denying that pollution in the capital city has increased to an alarming rate and corrective measures have to be taken to control it otherwise the repercussions will be severe.


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