The top court has taken a tough stance on the pollution ever since Delhi air has been deemed unbreathable by experts and the city earned the tag of the world's most polluted city.
Today, while the court ticked off a group of auto-makers who wanted the temporary ban on large diesel cars lifted, it suggested offering incentives to car owners who have to forego comfort under the government's odd-even experiment to control pollution.
People who keep their "Mercedes and other cars at home" due to the odd-even policy want to sit and travel, said Chief Justice of India TS Thakur. "Why doesn't the DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) examine charging 5-times the fare and have some premium service?" asked the judge who is voluntarily carpooling to come to work despite being exempted due to his constitutional status.
The Delhi Metro is running an additional 70 trips a day since the odd-even scheme started on New Year.
There are already more than 8.5 million vehicles on Delhi's roads and 1,400 new cars are added every day, contributing to some of the worst pollution in the world.
The odd-even scheme plans to cut down at least the number of private vehicles to half, by having odd number cars on the roads on odd dates and vice versa.
To ensure that the scheme succeeds and people face no difficulty, the government is running an additional 3,000 buses per day.
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