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Delhi pollution highlights: Odd-even called off, govt to file review petition with NGT

The National Green Tribunal today gave its nod for the implementation of the Delhi government’s odd-even car rationing scheme for five days from November 13, with certain riders. Here are the live updates.

delhi Updated: Nov 12, 2017 00:04 IST
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Heavy traffic jam occured due to the less visibility in Dwarka, New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.(Shivam Saxena/ Hindustan Times)

The Delhi government scrapped its plan to implement the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Saturday said there will be no exemption for women, two-wheelers and government servants.

The NGT also said that in future the odd-even scheme will automatically come into force if the PM2.5 level goes above 300 and PM10 crosses the 500 mark.

The NGT ruled that only emergency vehicles will be exempted.

Here are the updates:

3:44pm: United Airlines suspends it’s Newark-New Delhi flight due to poor air quality in Delhi, reports news agency ANI

3.40pm: Delhi govt cannot risk safety of women in odd-even: AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj.

3:35pm: Gahlot says the govt can’t conduct the drive without exemptions. He says the govt will go back to NGT on Monday and file a review petition, asking the tribunal to reconsider their decision regarding exemptions

3:30pm: Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot says odd-even has been called off

3:20pm: Meeting over NGT’s order on odd-even scheme begins at Kejriwal’s residence. All ministers except deputy CM Manish Sisodia are present. Top officials of various departments are also present

3.10pm: As Delhi gets set to implement its 3rd odd-even plan, click here to know all about the drive.

3pm: NGT also directed various departments and executing agencies, including the Delhi police, for better cooperation and coordination during the odd-even scheme.

2.20pm: With the US on top of the heap, many diplomatic missions in New Delhi have put in place measures to protect their staffers as the air quality in the national capital deteriorated to ‘severe’ levels.

2pm: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal calls an emergency meeting in view of NGT’s order on odd-even scheme. Meeting to begin at 3pm.

1.30pm: NGT to Delhi govt: If u want to cancel the odd even order, you do it yourself. We will not cancel it on your behalf.

1.20pm: NGT directs Delhi government to reconsider decision to hike parking charges by four times in Delhi.

1.15pm: MET forecast says that there will be showers in Delhi in the next two days. If that does not happen, the govt will arrange for artificial sprinkling, says NGT.

1pm: Highlight of the order is that odd-even will be implemented automatically if PM 10 level goes above 500 & PM 2.5 level goes above 300, which will be monitored for 48 hours: Rajiv Bansal, Councillor for DDA

12.40pm: CNG vehicles and emergency services, such as ambulance and fire, to get exemption during the odd-even scheme: NGT.

12.35pm: No exemption be given to two wheelers, govt servants and women: NGT.

12.30pm: National Green Tribunal gives nod to odd-even scheme.

NGT directs all the neighboring state governments and departments to ensure complete mechanism during environmental emergency, says don’t wait for crisis situation. Also directed various departments and executing agencies for better cooperation and coordination including Delhi police.

12.25pm: CPCB and DPCC submitted that two wheelers are more polluting than four wheelers, and their emissions comprise 20% of the total vehicular pollution. NGT observed that water sprinkling is a better way to control pollution.

12.20pm: NGT asks the Delhi government: “Won’t the hike of parking fees only benefit the parking lots, and would stress people even further, thereby encouraging them to park vehicles on the roads instead, choking them in the process?”

12.15pm: The National Green Tribunal asks Uttar Pradesh Government over the number of violators challaned in Noida and Greater Noida.

12.10pm: The National Green Tribunal observed ‘it is most worrying that there is absolute non cooperation between various departments of govt.’

11.59am: NGT asks Traffic Police to deploy its personnel at traffic lights, observing that almost all the main roads in the city are witness to diesel vehicles which are older than 10 years and petrol vehicles which are older than 15 years.

11.45am: What is the basis of granting exemptions under the odd-even scheme if you want to improve air quality: NGT asks AAP govt.

11.36am: Central Pollution Control Board submitted a report before the National Green Tribunal saying that rain could take place in the next two days.

11.31am: NGT to Delhi government: So we should assume that the government is sure of the odd even scheme’s benefit, and of no inconvenience taking place to the citizens?

11.30am: NGT asks the Centre and the Delhi government to name a big city where PM 10 levels were lower than 100.

11.29am: Central Pollution Control Board submitted that they had warned the Delhi govt orally in advance about the impending problem, which the the govt denied, reports ANI news agency.

11.27am: NGT asks Delhi government to show the letter on basis of which this decision was taken, and whether the LG’s approval was taken for the same.

11.25am: Why didn’t you introduce odd-even scheme earlier when air quality was worse? NGT asks Delhi government.

11.20am: NGT asks Delhi government the rationale behind applying the odd even scheme, and why it wasn’t applied when the air quality situation was worse.

11.10am: Hearing related to odd-even scheme begins in the National Green Tribunal.

11am:

10.40am: Delhi’s air quality appeared to be improving on Saturday as a haze over the capital started to disperse overnight, bringing down pollution levels considerably after three days of extreme conditions, officials said.

10am: On Thursday, NGT’s order directed the government to track down all the hot spots with the PM10 more than 600 and spray water from helicopters or aircraft to tackle dust pollution across the city.

The tribunal has issued a slew of directions to deal with the worsening air quality in Delhi and neighbouring states, banning construction and industrial activities and entry of trucks, even as it criticised the Delhi government and civic bodies over the situation.

First Published: Nov 11, 2017 10:57 IST