Odd-even rule: Explain exemption of women and two wheelers, HC to Delhi Govt

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New Delhi, Dec 29: The Delhi High Court has questioned the logic of the Delhi government in exempting women and two wheelers from the odd-even rule. The Court also directed the Delhi government to file its reply to the question it has posed by January 5.

A petition had been filed before the Delhi High Court questioning the exemption of certain categories from the odd-even rule.

'Explain exemption of women, 2-wheelers'

The Delhi government had decided to implement the plying of vehicles on an odd-even basis after the Supreme Court came down heavily on the lack of action leading up to rising pollution levels in the city.

The petition questioned the decision of the Delhi government in the implementation of the rule and sought to know why some categories which included women and two wheelers were exempt from this rule.

Interestingly this petition comes close on the heels of the Delhi government refusing exemption to advocates from the rule. The petition will next be heard on January 5th and the Delhi government is expected to keep its reply ready.

The Delhi government had exempted 25 categories of vehicles from the rule which includes 55.7 lakh two-wheelers. This logic was questioned by the petitioners who contended that two wheelers are the biggest pollutants.

The petitioners stated that exempting such a large number of two wheelers would defeat the very purpose of the rule. The other vehicles that are exempted are government, police and VVIP vehicles , ambulances , defence and embassy vehicles.

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