After a meeting chaired by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, transport minister Kailash Gahlot announced that the measure, which was to be implemented between November 13 and 17, was being "called off" as the number of buses were inadequate and women's safety could not be compromised. To this, the Delhi Government stated that this couldn't be said as of now.
Earlier in the day, the NGT gave a go-ahead to the Delhi government on odd-even with no exemption for the two-wheelers, women and VIPs. "We are slashing prices on Ola Share (facility that helps travellers save cost by sharing it with other Ola users), to be made available starting Rs 35, to encourage adoption of shared rides", Ola said.
The AAP government said it will move the NGT on Monday requesting a review of its order and if the exemptions are granted, the scheme's implementation "will be considered".
Meanwhile, the Delhi government announced free travel for commuters in all Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and cluster buses during the odd-even scheme to encourage the use of public transport on Friday.
However, according to CNN-News 18 report, NGT said, "Small cars are not a serious contributor to pollution. Tell us if the 500 new buses you are putting on the roads are diesel vehicles or CNG", the green court said. Do we have any data on what was the traveling pattern in the last odd even?
In a major development ahead of the 3rd phase of Delhi's Odd-Even plan which is scheduled to implemented from November 13-17, the Delhi government has chose to allow free travel for commuters in all DTC and cluster buses from November 13-17. The tribunal added that the state government's objective and impact is clear, however, the way it has been implemented is ad-hoc.
Delhi witnesses high pollution levels every year in winter mainly due to farmers in the neighbouring northern state of Punjab and Haryana burning crop stubble to clear their fields.
The tribunal said that "If we expose our children to this kind of air, we are committing the biggest sin".
Taking strong exception to the decision to increase parking fees in Delhi by four times, the NGT ordered the city government and the authorities concerned to reconsider the decision.
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