NGT slams Delhi govt on Odd-Even, verdict today

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After the NGT order, the Delhi government said it will approach the top green court again on Monday and request that exemptions be given for women drivers and two-wheelers, and subject to its decision, the government will "consider implementing it again".

Ola in a statement said: "The current levels of pollution and resultant smog in the national capital are worrisome and it is imperative that we join hands with the government in their efforts to curb this situation".

"To encourage use of public transport during odd-even, Delhi gov't to allow free travel for commuters in all DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) and Cluster buses from 13-17 November", Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot tweeted.

Terming the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government's decision as hasty, the tribunal said that the odd-even policy can not be arbitrarily imposed in the state.

Earlier on Saturday, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) gave its nod to Arvind Kejriwal government's decision to implement the third phase of the odd-even rule on Delhi roads in the wake of sudden rise in air pollution. It also asked the Delhi government to explain why women and two-wheelers have been exempted from the odd-even scheme. "I know public transport suffers from several issues, but we need to start thinking and act before it is too late". "Pollution levels going down are important but women safety is paramount". The tribunal directed that odd-even should be implemented "right away" without waiting for 48 hours, in case PM2.5 and PM10 go beyond 400 and 700 units respectively.

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"The odd-even will go on. We are slashing prices on Ola Share (facility that helps travellers save cost by sharing it with other Ola users), to be made available starting Rs 35, to encourage adoption of shared rides", Ola said.

In 2007 the Delhi Court had said that 11,000 busses are required to cover 865 routes of the city.

He said only CNG vehicles, emergency services such as ambulance and fire, and vehicles carrying waste shall be exempted. The NGT also said, "It is most worrying that there is absolute non cooperation between various departments of government".

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has recorded "severe" air quality, meaning that the intensity of pollution was extreme.