'Ambient air quality in Delhi during odd-even got even WORSE': National Green Tribunal call for meeting on curbing pollution
- The National Green Tribunal said there was no improvement in the air quality in Delhi during the odd-even scheme
- Odd-even was a anti-pollution car rationing scheme designed to improve the air quality in Delhi
- Private cars with even and odd number plates would only be allowed on alternate days in the national capital
- Delhi is the world’s most polluted city and has the worst air according to the World Health Organisation
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17:48 EST, 18 October 2016
17:48 EST, 18 October 2016
The direction to hold such a meeting soon was given by a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar to the Delhi Chief Secretary, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and other stakeholders.
The order came after Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said there was no improvement in air quality in Delhi during the second week of the odd-even scheme in April.
The National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi government to convene a meeting of concerned authorities to come up with a solution to tackle the worsening air quality in Delhi
“In fact, as per its report, the ambient air quality in Delhi during the odd-even implementation period was found to have deteriorated further than the level when the restriction was not in force,” it said.
The counsel appearing for CPCB on instructions says there has been no improvement in ambient air quality of Delhi during implementation of odd-even scheme.
“The Chief Secretary, NCT of Delhi shall conduct a meeting in relation to ambient air quality in Delhi,” the bench said.
The matter was listed for next hearing on November 16. Earlier, the apex pollution monitoring body had told NGT that the decline in vehicular emission in the second week of odd-even was not a dominant enough factor to impact the pollution levels.
Odd-even was a anti-pollution car rationing scheme designed to improve the air quality in Delhi. Private cars with even and odd number plates would only be allowed on alternate days in the national capital.
The CPCB had monitored several pollutants between April 1-14 before the odd-even period and April 15-30 during it, to arrive at the conclusion.
The NGT was hearing a petition filed by scientist Mahendra Pandey who had sought independent monitoring of the air quality index and alleged that vehicular emission was not a major contributing factor to pollution.
In his petition, while referring to an IIT Roorkee study, Pandey had claimed that no significant change in air quality was registered during the first phase of the scheme which was earlier in force between January 1 and 15.
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