Delhi Odd-Even Plan: National Green Tribunal Asks Govt To Submit Report On Air Quality

29/01/2016 12:48 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Vehicles move through morning smog on the first day of a two-week experiment to reduce the number of cars to fight pollution in New Delhi, India, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. The volunteers are meant to encourage people to fall in line with the government’s plan to allow private cars on the roads only on alternate days from Jan. 1-15, depending on whether their license plates end in an even or an odd number. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

A fortnight after the Delhi government conducted a trial run of an ambitious scheme of rationing the road space to curb emissions, the National Green Tribunal has directed it to submit a report of the ambient air quality in the national capital during the period of implementation of the odd-even scheme.

PTI reported that the NGT also issued notice to the Centre and the Delhi government on a plea seeking a ban on three-wheelers running on two-stroke engines and quadricycles. The plea said that quadricycles cause pollution as there was no specific norm decided for them by the authorities. Initially, the plea was moved in Delhi High Court stating that quadricycles did not have the required safety measures appropriate as per standard of Indian roads.

The green panel constituted a committee comprising officials from Ministry of Road Transport, Delhi government, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and directed them to conduct a survey on the level of emissions generated by the vehicles.

"The committee shall take samples of emission from all types of scooters, two wheelers as well as CNG buses," a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar told PTI.

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Under pressure to respond to the pollution in the national capital, one of the worst in the world, the Delhi government rolled out the scheme on 1 Jan. Under the plan, cars with odd number plates rolled out on the roads on odd dates, and even-numbered cars on even dates. On 16 Dec, the Supreme Court banned the registration of diesel vehicles with an engine capacity of more than 2000CC for three months, and ordered all taxis to convert to CNG by March, 2016.

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