Odd-Even: NGT slams Govt.

The NGT termed the odd-even scheme termed it farce.

-Kuldeep Singh 

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday questioned the road rationing scheme of Delhi government and termed it ‘farce’.

The Bench headed by Chairperson Swatanter Kumar said the odd-even scheme will not be implemented till the tribunal is satisfied that it is counterproductive. The Bench also said that why you are triggering now when the crisis is going to be relieved.

“You will not implement it until you satisfy us. We have analysis from Central Pollution Control Board and Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee that showed that values of pollution level were not satisfactory during odd and even implemented last time,” notes panel.

The NGT put the matter for hearing on Saturday.

The Bench questioned the government that what is the data study on the basis of that you are launching the scheme only for five days.

The Bench asked the government that would it make the provision to automatically implement the scheme if PM 10 and PM 2.5 cross the level of 500 and 300 respectively, which was also the recommendation of GRAP to Delhi government.

As the Delhi Government has announced to launch 500 buses during the odd-even scheme, the green tribunal asked them to tell that how many of them are diesel vehicle. It also asked about the comparative ratio of emission from diesel to petrol vehicle.

“What is the contribution of pollution by petrol cars and small cars in Delhi and what are other components causing pollution. What is the justification for permitting two wheelers, which are a serious contributory to air pollution as they are stated to add 46% pollution to Delhi,” asked the Bench.

The bench has also directed all the government authorities of Delhi-NCR to constitute teams to inspect the large scale construction activities and if such activity found to be carried on by anyone the authorities should charge Rs 1 lakh from them as environment compensation.

The bench has given go ahead to industries providing essential commodities like food and medicines but if the pollution control board found that there emission is not polluting.

Rapping the Haryana and Punjab government for not preventing stubble burning, the bench directed the Deputy Commissioners of all district of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to stop crop residue burning. If it happened, the bench said, than they will impose fine on the officers, which will be deduct from their salaries.

The NGT has rapped authorities to not looking after other issues. It directed the government of NCT Delhi and police to fix the red lights properly. The panel said that the congestion at red lights results in air pollution.

Notably, the Delhi Government Thursday announced to implement odd-even scheme from November 13 to 17 to reduce the pollution.

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