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Tuesday , 23 July 2019
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NGT says “NO” to odd-even rule; asks Delhi government to provide proof

Not happy with the way the Delhi government has decided to implement the odd-even rule in Delhi from November 13, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has said that the same cannot be implemented without its consent. The NGT has directed the Delhi government to provide proof that vehicular traffic is responsible for the severe pollution in Delhi. With this order, the fate of odd-even rule has become hugely uncertain. The NGT rapped the Delhi government by pointing out to reports submitted by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC). The reports had indicated that levels of PM10 and PM2.5 had actually increased cumulatively when the odd-even rule was implemented earlier. Even experts are saying that dust, debris, construction materials and smoke from crop burning are likely to be the primary reasons for the severe pollution levels in the national capital.

The report submitted by CPCB last year had indicated that there was no data to support the assumption that the odd-even rule has reduced pollution in Delhi-NCR. Based on these facts, the NGT has asked the Delhi government to first provide proof of the benefits of odd-even rule. NGT also questioned the logic of exempting two-wheelers from the odd-even rule since it is common knowledge that two-wheelers cause the most amount of vehicular pollution, as much as 46 percent according to a study conducted by IIT Kanpur.  Mocking the Delhi government, the NGT said that the authorities should not treat the odd-even rule as a picnic that they can enforce anytime they want.

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