OddEven 3 is on hold, NGT denied exemption to women

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government temporarily shelved  its plan on Saturday to introduce a five-day road rationing arrangement after the National Green Tribunal denied exemption to two-wheeler riders and women. The drive would have mandated that vehicles with odd and even registration numbers ply on alternate days.

“We respect the NGT’s order, but the existing public transport system won’t be able to take the load of three million additional passengers who otherwise use two-wheelers,” Kailash Gahlot, state transport minister, said on Saturday. “Also, keeping women’s security in mind, the government has decided to call off the scheme for now.”

The Delhi government said it will approach the green tribunal again on Monday, and request that exemptions be granted to women drivers and two-wheeler users. Subject to the NGT decision, the Delhi government will “consider implementing it again”.

The government announced on Thursday that it would introduce the odd-even drive from November 13 to 17, with pollution levels continuing to be “severe” for more than 48 hours.

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Source : http://paper.hindustantimes.com

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