"At the moment we are calling it off", Delhi's transport minister Kailash Gehlot told reporters Saturday. The AAP had alleged that the subtle burning in Punjab and Haryana, was the main cause of the rising pollution in Delhi.
The odd-even scheme involves having vehicles with odd number registration numbers on the roads on odd dates and those with even registration numbers on even dates.
The air quality in Delhi had deteriorated on Sunday after a sharp rise in presence of pollutants.The AAP dispensation was also in touch with environment scientists and continuously monitoring the alarming pollution level which has left people gasping for breath. "The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a petition filed by advocate RK Kapoor which seeks immediate measures to check the rising pollution in Delhi and it's surrounding areas, which has become an global headline for a week now", reports said.
The entry of trucks except those carrying essentials has been banned in the national capital, besides work on civil construction sites was suspended.
There were speculations that the Delhi government may not file a review petition against the NGT order as a separate petition filed by a citizen is up for hearing in the Supreme Court on Monday afternoon.
According to it, about 3,500 new buses were being procured to ply in the national capital.
Will the NGT, the Delhi government or the Delhi Police guarantee my safety? He also commented on the hikes metro fares saying that the situation has become worse since the fares were raised twice in just six months. The AAP government said they called a meeting over the issue which was also attended by BJP leaders.
The "emergency situation" was last witnessed from Thursday to Saturday morning.
The NGT, which had given a conditional nod to the Odd-Even scheme, said that it should be implemented as and when PM (particulate matter) 10 level goes above 500 micrograms per cubic metre and PM 2.5 level crosses the limit of 300 micrograms per cubic metre and persist for 48 hours at a stretch. The harassment one goes through as a woman using public transport was enough to prompt me to put my savings into a depreciating asset; it wasn't just a vehicle for me, it was my independence.
"The state government still went ahead with the scheme, even though their own Delhi Pollution Board said it was not effective, and in fact, worsened the situation in phase-1 and phase-2. It is hard to say what the outcome of this exercise was", says Saransh Sharma who is a parent of a school-going child at a Delhi government school.