Odd-Even’ for two-wheelers in Delhi, SC stays NGT order

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today stayed NGT order directing that odd-even vehicle rotation scheme be implemented for two-wheelers too in Delhi. Earlier National Green Tribunal’s 2017 order had directed that odd-even vehicle rotation scheme be made applicable to two-wheelers also in Delhi.

A bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Dipak Gupta was told by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) A N S Nadkarni, appearing for Delhi government that it would be impossible to accommodate people in public transport if odd-even scheme is made applicable for two-wheelers also. 

The NGT had in December last year dismissed the Delhi government’s review plea seeking exemption for two-wheelers in odd-even scheme, saying such a relaxation would defeat the purpose of improving Delhi’s ambient air quality. Under the scheme, odd and even numbered vehicles ply on alternate days. 

Nadkarni said there were around 68 lakh two-wheelers in Delhi and they were seeking exemption for two-wheelers. The Delhi government had proposed rule in 2015 to run vehicles with odd and even numbers on alternate days to reduce air pollution and  improving Delhi’s ambient air quality.

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