Delhi govt's no show at NGT hearing, Supreme Court enters plea

Delhi govt's no show at NGT hearing, Supreme Court enters plea

Sharma added that despite the case, which is to be heard in the Supreme Court, the review petition will be filed in NGT.

"We can only do this much, and now we will have to wait for rains to clean the atmosphere, " said Prashant Gargava, an official at the Central Pollution Control Board.

The Delhi government has filed an appeal in the National Green Tribunal seeking certain changes in NGTs previous directions.

Gargava of the CPCB, who is in charge of monitoring air quality, said Delhi's air has been consistently in the "hazardous" zone, despite measures such as a halt to construction and increasing vehicle parking charges four-fold to encourage people to use public transportation.

Meanwhile, all government and private schools in Gurugram will remain closed today in view of the alarming air pollution levels. If they are not exempted from odd-even scheme, they may shift to public transportation.

He also warned that though the current situation will be tackled somehow, but the Delhi government should take up solid long-term comprehensive measures, otherwise Delhi will be forced to face such a crisis again. Even if the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government had its heart in the right place, its preparation was way off the mark.

"In light of the two conditions by NGT on two-wheelers and women, at the moment we are calling it off".

Stating it did not have enough public transport as of now to accommodate the extra commuters - over 30 lakh during the odd-even if two-wheelers were not exempted - the Delhi government said the process of procuring new buses was going on.

"This government gives highest priority to the safety and security of women". The NGT has agreed to the government's scheme after it directed that only emergency services will be exempted from it during a hearing on Saturday.

Meanwhile, different political parties are lashing out at the Aam Aadmi party for not being able to curb the critical health emergency in the national capital.

It had said the odd-even scheme should be implemented "without any default" as and when PM (particulate matter) 10 level goes above 500 microgrammes per cubic metre and the PM2.5 level crosses the limit of 300 microgrammes per cubic metre during a span of 48 hours.

The plea, mentioned before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, sought direction to Centre and states on stubble burning, road dust and effective implementation of odd-even vehicle rationing scheme.

Soon after the order, the government rolled back it's decision to implement the policy and said that the socio-economic costs of enforcing it without exemption will be too high for Delhi to bear. The other measures would mean involvement of neighbouring states and their respective governments.