Amid NGT’s revised guidelines for the odd-even scheme in the national capital with Delhi Government on Saturday called off the odd-even rule which was scheduled to be executed from November 13th-17th 2017.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal called an emergency meeting in view of NGT’s order on the Odd-Even scheme.
After the meeting, Delhi transport Minister Kailash Gehlot said: “The odd-even scheme has been called off, for now.”
As per NGT’s guidelines, only CNG vehicles and emergency services, such as ambulance and fire engines were exempted from the odd-even scheme.
However, women, two-wheelers and government servants were not exempted from the scheme.
Odd-even refers to the registration number of the vehicle and dates. When the scheme’s launched, odd-numbered vehicles are allowed to ply on odd dates and even numbered vehicles are allowed on even dates in order to combat vehicular pollution.
The court also said that odd-even scheme must be implemented in Delhi NCR as and when PM 10 crosses 300 level and PM2.5 crosses 500.
PM2.5 refers to atmospheric particulate matter (PM) that has a diameter of fewer than 2.5 micrometres, which is about 3 percent the diameter of a human hair.
The court also directed various departments and executing agencies, including the Delhi Police, for better cooperation and coordination during the odd-even scheme.
The court also directed all the neighbouring state governments and departments to ensure complete mechanism during an environmental emergency.
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The odd-even rule is slated to be rolled out from November 13 to November 17, 2017, in an attempt to reduce pollution in the nation’s capital.
This is the third time the odd-even scheme is being launched in Delhi. It was implemented for 15 days from January 1-15 and April 15-30 last year.