Country's top green court objects to Delhi's Odd-Even scheme
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday asked the Delhi government to prove whether Odd-Even scheme reduced pollution levels in the city or else it would stay the imposition of the scheme.
On the third day of the hearing, the tribunal said, "When the situation is improving, the government is trying to implement it. You should have done this earlier if you wanted to. This (Odd-Even) will now cause inconvenience to people."
"SC never asked for imposition of this scheme. SC and NGT have suggested 100 measures to curb pollution but you always opted for odd-even. Delhi government will have to justify the implementation of this scheme" the court said.
NGT further added "Odd-Even formula can't be imposed like this. Nothing has been done from your (Delhi govt) end since the past one year."
NGT asks Delhi government to impose 1 lakh fine on builders found violating directions, as construction work has been halted in view of smog and air pollution.
Also, it directed states to ensure that there should be no crop burning, saying if any incident is reported to NGT, a considerable amount of fine will be charged from the salary of the responsible officer.
The hearing will continue tomorrow.