Odd-Even LIVE: Delhi govt’s no show at NGT hearing, Supreme Court enters plea

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has entered a plea seeking immediate measures to curb the alarming level of pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR).

  1. On Saturday, the Delhi government said the third phase of the Odd-Even scheme is not returning on Monday, saying it is unable to enforce the measure after the NGT ordered the withdrawal of exemptions given to women drivers and two-wheelers.
  2. After a meeting chaired by Chief Minister¬†Arvind Kejriwal¬†on Saturday, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot had announced that the Odd-Even measure, which was to be implemented between November 13-17, was being “called off” as the number of buses were inadequate and women’s safety could not be compromised.
  3. The NGT, which had given a conditional nod to the Odd-Even scheme, said that it should be implemented as and when PM (particulate matter) 10 level goes above 500 micrograms per cubic metre and PM 2.5 level crosses the limit of 300 micrograms per cubic metre and persist for 48 hours at a stretch.
  4. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court today agreed to hear a petition filed by advocate RK Kapoor which seeks “immediate measures” to check the rising pollution in Delhi and its surrounding areas, which has become an international headline for a week now.
  5. The plea seeks directions to the Centre and the states on stubble burning, road dust and effective implementation of the Odd-Even car rationing scheme.
  6. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud considered the submission that rise in dust particles on roads, and stubble burning in Delhi’s neighbouring states like Haryana and Punjab have led to an alarming rise in pollution levels in the NCR and its adjoining areas.
  7. “We cannot ignore the pollution,” the Supreme Court bench said, adding that it will hear the plea today itself after finishing the matters listed on its board.
  8. Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar today replied to his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal’s letter, seeking time to meet and discuss pollution and stubble burning. “No single person, government or organisation can improve the air quality of Delhi,” Khattar wrote to Kejriwal, also asking him what steps has the AAP taken to check stubble burning within the national capital.
  9. Meanwhile, the nearly week-long spell of toxic smog enveloping the national capital continued today, with reduced visibility in some areas leading to cancellation of trains in Delhi.
  10. The MeT department has predicted light rains on November 14-15, which might intensify the fog but could clear the smog. The minimum temperature dropped to 12.4 degrees Celsius today, a notch below the season’s average.

As carried in IN

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