Delhi Pollution: National Green Tribunal gave made changes to the implementation of odd-even rule
In an effort to control record air pollution levels in the national capital, the Delhi Government has said that the odd-even scheme that has been implemented twice before, will be implemented next week, from November 13 to 17. But the AAP government received sharp criticism from the National Green Tribunal yesterday on the odd-even scheme. Even though the green court gave its nod to the odd-even rule today, it added a lot of riders.
Here's what is different from the odd-even scheme implemented previously:
- Are women drivers exempted from the odd-even rule under the order by NGT?
No, as per the orders by the NGT, women drivers will not be exempted from the odd-even rule. Women with children would also not get an exemption.
- What happens to two-wheelers?
Previously, two-wheelers were all exempt from the odd-even rule. The new order does not give two-wheeler rides any exemption. The odd-even rule will apply to the number plate of two-wheelers as well.
- Does the exemption on emergency services remain?
Yes, the exemption on emergency service vehicles ambulances, fire engines, vehicles carrying solid waste and vehicles that are meant for public services, will be exempted from the odd-even rule.
- There was a list of officials who were exempted from the odd-even rule. Does the same apply to the revised rules?
No, officials are not exempted from the rule this time. The NGT said, "There shall be no exemption to any person, officer."
- What the NGT said on the hike in parking fee
The NGT has slammed the four-fold hike in parking fee announced by the Delhi government. "Won't the hike of parking fees only benefit the parking lots, and stress people even further, thereby encouraging them to park vehicles on the roads instead, choking them in the process?" it said.