Delhi govt withdraws petition to modify Odd-Even

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Delhi government on Tuesday withdrew its petition for modifications on Odd-Even scheme after the National Green Tribunal asked it to come up with logical explanations for exemptions.

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The government on Monday asked the panel to amend its November 11 order that refused to exempt cars driven by women and two-wheelers when the odd-even scheme is in place.

Hearing the case, the green tribunal asked why the government cannot run buses only for women to solve the problem of transport when the odd-even scheme is in place.

"When reports have stated that two-wheelers are more polluting than four-wheelers, why do you intend to give arbitrary exemptions? Is this a joke? What does one stand to gain from this?" it questioned.

Delhi government on Monday filed review petition seeking certain changes in NGT's previous directions related to Odd-Even scheme.

"When reports have stated that two-wheelers are more polluting than four-wheelers, why do you intend to give arbitrary exemptions? Is this a joke? What does one stand to gain from this?", the green tribunal asked.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday tweeted his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh seeking an appointment to talk about the pollution situation in Delhi. Kejriwal said he is going to Chandigarh to meet Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar.

The Supreme court on Monday pulled up the Centre and the Delhi government on rising air pollution, saying it was an 'emergency-like' situation.

Delhi woke up to much better air quality after pollution levels had skyrocketed on Monday. The Air Quality Index was back to 'severe' category from 'hazardous' as was reported on Monday.

Moreover, giving a ray of hope, the MeT department has predicted light rainfall in the Delhi-NCR region over the next two days. The rainfall will help clear up the deadly smog and bring PM2.5 levels down.

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