The odd-even scheme, when implemented next time in the capital, could very well be without any exemptions.
The next edition of the odd-even plan in Delhi will make no exceptions even for women, the Arvind Kejriwal government has said in an anti-pollution action plan submitted to the National Green Tribunal amid a massive controversy over Lankan cricketers complaining of discomfort and wearing masks during matches in the capital. Among the measures would be the odd-even scheme, along with stopping of trucks in Delhi and restricting any outdoor activities of schoolchildren.
Last month, the NGT ruled that Delhi government must implement Odd-Even rule without exemptions to fight air pollution, which is reeling under "severe" zone.
The NGT had recently lambasted the Delhi government for its "lackadaisical" approach over rising pollution levels in the city.
Although the dates of the implementation of the odd-even scheme have not been specified as of now, sources in the Delhi government told Catch that the scheme is likely to take place before the end of year.
The government later withdrew that petition and filed a second review petition, asking for the road-rationing scheme to be implemented in NCR states too. Also, the construction will be banned once pollution levels reach "severe" category. So, in their action plan government have also banned the burning of waste and shut down the pollution causing industries. The bad air quality level affected many who have asthma or breathing problem.
Earlier, the NGT had directed the Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and every state pollution control board to file ambient air quality analysis before the tribunal on monthly basis and also put up on their websites to enable the concerned authority to take effective steps to control air pollution. "It should have instructions for each level of air quality", noted the bench.