Odd-Even rule to be implemented without exemptions in Delhi

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Within twenty-four hours, Delhi government changed its stance on granting exemptions for the road-rationing scheme.

The Delhi Government on Wednesday announced that there will be no exemptions under the odd-even scheme, in its action plan to combat pollution submitted before the National Green Tribunal. The petition had also asked for the implementation of the odd-even scheme in NCR states.

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar rapped Punjab and Haryana governments for not following their directions in forming an action plan, which would list what measure will be taken by which authority at what level of pollution.

The Delhi government's plan recommends implementation of odd-even plan, check on entry of trucks in the city, ban on construction work and asking parents not to allow their children to play outside when air quality turns "severe".

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But the green court had tough words for the government and noted that not a single First Information Report or FIR had been filed in connection with pollution. It said on Monday, "The government only talks about challans (prosecution slips). but nothing is reflected on the ground".

Also, the test match between India and Sri Lanka halted as the players suffered from vomit sensation while playing on the field.

Besides the change in stance regarding the odd-even policy, the plan according to The Indian Express report includes several strict measures to curb the rising air pollution levels in the capital.

The NGT had made it clear that only emergency vehicles such as fire engines and ambulances can be granted an exemption.