No Exemptions During Odd-Even, Delhi Government Tells NGT

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The Delhi government on Wednesday submitted its action plan to combat pollution recommending no exemption be given under the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme in the state.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had cancelled the implementation of Odd-Even-rule last month, claiming that they can not risk security of women. "We have filed a review plea", the Delhi government counsel said here after the bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar asked its stand on the scheme.

The government had last month announced the odd-even rule of rationing cars when pollution in the capital peaked last month and thick smog wrapped the city, sparking a health emergency.

The matter will be heard on Friday. Also, the immediate closure of all pollution causing industries has also been recommended by the state government to the tribunal.

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The NGT had asked the governments of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan last month to submit an action plan that will be used to tackle the air pollution menace.

According to the Delhi government, it had very strong reasons for making the exemptions, saying many women do not feel comfortable or safe in public transport, especially those who work at odd hours. "The government only talks about challans (prosecution slips). but nothing is reflected on the ground", the tribunal admonished.

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

The government also plans to run more buses to provide a hassle-free experience for commuters and Delhi Metro will increase the frequency and number of carriages during this period.

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