Delhi government seeks exemptions for odd-even this year

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The last couple of times, women drivers and two-wheeler motorists were exempted from the odd-even scheme but this time; these motorists will not be exempt from the odd-even rule as the Green Court questioned the rationality of the exemption to the Delhi government.

Since Tuesday morning, Delhi was covered with thick smog, following which health officials issued advisory to elderly and children to avoid venturing out. It is empowering to a woman, and neither the NGT nor the Delhi government has any business taking it away from us.

The worldwide permissible limit for PM2.5 - particles in air with diameter less than 2.5mm - is 25 units (micro gram per cubic metre), while for India it is 60 units. As the NGT is to take up the hearing today, there is no show of the lawyer from the Delhi government's side. During the meeting, it was discussed that the safety of women can not be compromised and even more Delhi did not have the adequate number of local buses to accommodate the Delhiites, which would be required if the scheme was to be implemented.

Twitter users in the smog-choked Indian capital Delhi have criticised the re-introduction of vehicle rationing as a "tokenistic" effort to curb pollution. Former transport minister Gopal Rai had held a session with women's groups, the AAP government had even held public meetings attended by SDM-rank officers to record votes in favour and against exempting women.

The Delhi Government has cited reports of fluctuating pollution levels in the national capital.

According to it, about 3,500 new buses were being procured to ply in the national capital. "There has been no policy measure to promote non-motorised transport in the capital".

The Delhi government has also temporarily banned construction work in a bid to improve conditions, and has increased parking fees to discourage people from driving their cars. He also commented on the hikes metro fares saying that the situation has become worse since the fares were raised twice in just six months.

On November 11, the NGT gave a conditional nod to the Delhi government's proposal to implement the odd-even scheme for five days starting from November 13.

Meanwhile, the Delhi BJP accused the AAP government of being in an "indecisive state" over the pollution crisis in the city and demanded Lt Governor Anil Baijal to call an all- party meeting. Adding another wave of commuters may result in collapse of public transportation system. "It is hard to say what the outcome of this exercise was", says Saransh Sharma who is a parent of a school-going child at a Delhi government school.

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