Delhi : AAP government today called off the odd-even scheme, which was to be implemented from Monday, after the National Green Tribunal ordered the withdrawal of exemptions under it, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot made the surprise statement on Saturday, hours after the NGT gave its conditional nod to the AAP government to implement the policy from November 13 to 17.
Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot explained that the reasons behind the AAP government’s sudden call of odd-even plan, said that while pollution levels going down are important, women safety is also most important. He also said that if 30 lakh two-wheelers go off the road, Delhi’s public transport system would not be able to accommodate the surge.
Meanwhile Congress Party has slammed the AAP government for calling off the odd-even scheme. “AAP had implemented the programme without looking at cost-benefit factor. Now after the NGT has given this verdict, they realise that with riders, they cannot tackle the problem and are withdrawing it now,” said party spokesperson Tom Vadakkan.
NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar came down heavily on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party government, saying, “You are getting the tag of the worst capital in the world. The Supreme Court and NGT have suggested (over) hundred measures to curb pollution, but you (AAP government) always opt only for odd-even. Nothing has been done by the Delhi government in the past one year.”
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