The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government on Thursday announced the introduction of the odd-even scheme as part of the Graded Response Plan to tackle the alarming pollution situation in the national capital.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the Delhi government today to submit the details of the ambient air quality during the earlier implementation of the odd-even scheme.
The green panel directed the counsel appearing for the Delhi government to be ready with all the requisite data and justify the reason for implementing the latest odd-even scheme.
On April 21, last year, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had told NGT that there was no data to suggest that the odd-even scheme resulted in a decline in vehicular pollution in Delhi-NCR.
The pollution monitoring body had said there was no data to indicate that the car rationing scheme had any impact on decrease in vehicular pollution. It also said the fluctuations in PM10 and PM2.5 was due to weather and change in wind patterns.
The national capital is currently experiencing 'severe' air quality under a blanket of thick haze, as pollution levels have breached permissible standards by multiple times.The CPCB has recorded 'severe' air quality, which means the intensity of air pollution in the national capital is extreme.