The Delhi government called off the odd even scheme on Saturday,11 November,a day after it announced that the plan would be implemented from Monday,13 November.
Delhi transport minister, Kailash Gahlot made the surprise announcement, hours after the NGT gave it’s conditional nod to the AAP government to Implement the policy from November 13 to 17.
The government said that the scheme cannot work without exemptions on women drivers and two-wheelers, as directed by the NGT. Delhi’s public transport system cannot accomodate the surge (if 30 lakh two-wheelers are off the road),said the transport minister of Delhi.
The Delhi government will go back to NGT on Monday and file a review petition for them to reconsider their decision regarding the two exemptions. Also the government said ,they cannot compromise with the safety of women, they cannot take risks. PM2.5 and PM10 levels have also come down, so at the moment government called it off.
The implementation of the scheme was considered important due to rising concerns about air quality in the capital. Delhi turned into a gas chamber few days back and is still suffering from the pollution. If implemented, this would have been the third round of the famous odd-even formula in the capital.