Appearing before the National Green Tribunal on Thursday, the counsel for Delhi government said that there had been a change in its status with regard to granting exemptions for the odd-even scheme. But the green court objected to exemptions given during the previous two editions a year ago, to women, two-wheelers, vehicles carrying children in school uniforms and VVIPs.
Earlier in November, when the Delhi-NCR faced "severe-plus" or "emergency" air quality situation that calls for implementation of the odd-even scheme under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), the NGT directed the Delhi government to implement the road rationing scheme without any exemptions for women drivers and two-wheelers.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government then cancelled the plan with a minister saying: "We can not compromise on women's security". So, in their action plan government have also banned the burning of waste and shut down the pollution causing industries. It also argued that public transportation was not equipped to accommodate so many two-wheeler drivers.
"The government wants to implement odd-even with exemptions..."
The tribunal noted that not a single First Information Report or FIR had been filed in connection with pollution. "The Delhi government has not followed the promises it made". NGT has now asked all states to study the Vardhaman Kaushik and Vikrant Tongad judgment and list additional measures which can be added to it to make a comprehensive action plan.
Also, the test match between India and Sri Lanka halted as the players suffered from vomit sensation while playing on the field.