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NGT raps Delhi govt for announcing odd-even scheme

DELHI: With the air quality in Delhi hitting hazardous levels over the past few days, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday rapped the Delhi government for announcing the reintroduction of the odd-even car rationing scheme despite reports from the CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) and the DPCC (Delhi Pollution Control Committee) that it was ineffective.

It directed the government to produce details of ambient air quality during earlier odd-even schemes, reports The Hindu.

It asked the government to give an undertaking that it will roll out odd-even only when the particulate matter levels are over 300.

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It said the government would not implement the odd-even unless it established that the scheme was not counter-productive.

It allowed the industries engaged in essential services to operate in Delhi-NCR on the condition that they would not pollute.

It asked the government why it had exempted two-wheelers and women in the scheme.

The government on Thursday announced that it would reinroduce the odd-even scheme for five days, starting from November 13.

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