OddEven Has Been Called Off For Now: Transport Minister


New Delhi: The Delhi government has called-off the odd-even scheme after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) refused to exempt anyone from the car rationing regulation.

Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot made the surprise announcement on Saturday, hours after the NGT gave its conditional nod to the AAP government to implement the policy from November 13 to 17.

“Odd-even scheme from November 13-17 in the national capital has been called off in view of order by NGT which withdrew all exemptions except on plying of emergency vehicles,” Gahlot said.

The decision to call-off the scheme was taken at a meeting chaired by Arvind Kejriwal and attended by ministers, including Gahlot, Gopal Rai and Imran Hussain.

“Also we cannot compromise with the safety of women. We cannot take risks. PM2.5 and PM10 levels have also come down. So at the moment we are calling it off. We will file a review application in NGT on Monday,” the minister said.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar ordered that there should be no exemption to “any person or officer and two-wheelers” from the ambit and scope of the road rationing scheme and would be applied with equal vigour to all vehicles.