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13 November 2017, 06:03 | Melissa Porter
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The Delhi government today moved the National Green Tribunal seeking an amendment to the NGT's 11 November order on the odd-even auto rationing scheme.
The Delhi government, which was unhappy with the tribunal's direction of "no exemption", called off the implementation of Odd-Even rule, which was supposed to be starting from Monday, and said that they will approach the green body against seeking the expectations should stay. The review plea was to be filed against the earlier order to implement odd and even without any exemption.
The plea seeks directions to the Centre and the states on stubble burning, road dust and effective implementation of the Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme.
With the government failing to submit a proper plan to reduce the increasing pollution in Delhi, the NGT, early on Monday, hit out at the AAP government - saying, "Whether the Delhi government was only informing the media about a review petition on the Odd-Even scheme since no review petition has been filed as yet".
The minister also informed that Supreme Court is hearing the matter as well, and hence hence the government is waiting for decision of both the courts'.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court today agreed to hear a petition filed by advocate RK Kapoor which seeks "immediate measures" to check the rising pollution in Delhi and its surrounding areas, which has become an worldwide headline for a week now.
"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". "No exemption of any kind to any one, including two-wheelers, women, public officers or politicians, except essential services", NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said on Saturday.
The NGT had last Saturday given a conditional nod to the Aam Admi Party government's decision to implement the odd-even auto rationing scheme for five days from today, ordering that no exemption should be allowed to "any person or officer and two-wheelers".
The NGT, in its order, also said that in future the odd-even scheme should automatically come into force if the PM2.5 and PM10, particles in air with diameter less than 2.5 and 10mm respectively, go above the 300 and 500 units for 48 hours.
The AAP had alleged that the subtle burning in Punjab and Haryana, was the main cause of the rising pollution in Delhi.
"In case, the women drivers are not included in the exempted list, there may be a likelihood that such women passengers do not find themselves comfortable while travelling in heavily crowded public transport buses". The other measures would mean involvement of neighbouring states and their respective governments.
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