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Odd-even scheme not to be continued after 15 Jan: Rai

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New Delhi: “The odd-even scheme of vehicle restriction would not be extended beyond 15 days. The reports saying that it could go on are ‘false’,” said Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Saturday.

“News reports that Delhi government may extend odd-even formula trial beyond January 15 are false,” Rai said.

“We will be examining trends and data collected during trial period after January 15 and the trial period won’t be extended,” he added.

On Friday, senior counsel Harish Salve, who appeared for the Delhi government in the high court to defend the scheme, said the curbs had “a definite positive effect” and “may be continued after this two weeks (planned 15 days) period.”

After the Delhi High Court termed the national capital akin to a gas chamber, the Delhi government had announced this scheme, beginning on January 1, for even numbered four-wheeled vehicles to run on even numbered dates and vice-versa.

The scheme drew different set of opinions from all the section of the state as a lot of people criticized the initiative. Delhi High Court had asked the government to limit the plan just for the seven days.

The Delhi government claimed that the formula was successful and in future it can be used again. Delhi was found out to be one of the most polluted city in the world. To counter this, the government was forced to roll out the odd-even scheme.

(IANS) (Picture Courtesy:theindiantalks.com)

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Pollution Severe In Delhi In Spite Of Odd-Even Scheme: SC

SC says despite odd-even scheme, pollution in Delhi became severe

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In spite of Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme, pollution has reached a severe level. Pixabay

The Supreme Court on Friday said in spite of Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme, pollution has reached a severe level, and again called the Chief Secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Harayana and Uttar Pradesh, to report on measures taken to curb air pollution particularly related to stubble burning.

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said, “Do not give exemption to two-wheelers, and it will work.”

During the hearing, the judges scrutinized the Odd-Even scheme of the Delhi government in respect of air quality index data gathered in the past two years. The judges queried the Delhi government counsel, senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, what purpose the scheme served by keeping out cars which contribute mere three per cent of the total pollution.

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The court observed the data presented by the authorities suggest the Odd-Even scheme had hardly any effect on improving air quality. Pixabay

The court observed that Delhi’s local pollution is a major problem, if stubble burning which contributes 40 per cent is kept out.

“According to the authorities, stubble burning has reduced to somewhere near five per cent now…we are concerned about Delhi’s local air pollution. What is the government doing?”

The court observed the data presented by the authorities suggest the Odd-Eeven scheme had hardly any effect on improving air quality. “Question is what are you gaining by this scheme?” observed the court.

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Further commenting on the social aspect of the Odd-Even scheme, the court said “Odd-Even will only affect the lower middle class but not the affluent ones since they have multiple cars… Odd-Even isn’t a solution, but public transport could be. But nothing has been done about that”, said the court.

The hearing on the matter will continue on November 25. (IANS)