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14 November 2017, 12:46 | Rodolfo Wallace
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The NGT also asked the government to provide reasons for exempting two-wheelers from the scheme.
Delhi and its surrounding states have been shrouded in a hazardous fog of toxic pollutants for almost a week, prompting authorities to roll out a slew of measures to combat the crisis.
The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) initiative of the government said Delhi's air "may see increase in pollution levels" due to meteorological factors and that a clearer picture would emerge after Tuesday.
Earlier, sources in the Delhi government had told Firstpost that the main submission of the Delhi government in NGT on Monday will be about the problems the odd-even is going to cause if implemented without any exemption.
"At the moment we are calling it off".
"We are requesting the court to reconsider two conditions - one on two-wheelers and the other on ladies - because with both these in place, it will be very hard for us to implement". Following the arguments and keeping in mind the seriousness of the situation, the NGT gave a green flag to AAP for the scheme but with no exemption to women and children. The odd-even rule mandates that the on odd dates, only odd numbered vehicles will ply on the roads while on even dates, only even numbered vehicles will be allowed to ply on Delhi roads.
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The crisis comes amid the annual post-harvest burning of crop stubble and the onset of winter, which together have caused levels of unsafe pollutants to skyrocket.
Reports also said, "There was no lawyer from the Delhi government's side present at the hearing that the latter had itself requested". Tribunal is likely to hear the plea tomorrow.
All schools in Delhi, adjoining areas and Punjab were closed until Sunday in view of the rising pollution.
Under the "odd-even" scheme, private cars with even and odd number plates will only be allowed on the roads on alternate days from 13 to 17 November. The AAP government said they called a meeting over the issue which was also attended by BJP leaders. "Administration in Delhi has collapsed and it is sad that Delhi is not ready to meet any emergency situation". The harassment one goes through as a woman using public transport was enough to prompt me to put my savings into a depreciating asset; it wasn't just a auto for me, it was my independence.
Delhi's air, among the world's dirtiest, worsens in the winter months. "It is hard to say what the outcome of this exercise was", says Saransh Sharma who is a parent of a school-going child at a Delhi government school.
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