"The publicity you gave to odd-even 2, did you give to destination buses too?" it had asked the Delhi government, referring to the non-stop buses launched earlier this year in a bid to encourage vehicle owners to travel by public transport.
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Hours after the National Green Tribunal gave its nod for the implementation of the odd-even plan with certain riders, now the Delhi government has called off the scheme which was supposed to come into force from November 13 to November 17 in the national capital.
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Most women that TOI spoke to on Saturday said that due to the drawbacks in the public transport system in Delhi, relying on cabs every alternate day was not practical. The NGT said that a hundred measures have been suggested to curb pollution, but the government always opts for Odd-Even. "I know public transport suffers from several issues, but we need to start thinking and act before it is too late".
"The odd-even will go on". We (the Centre) can only help, Delhi government has to implement the reforms on the ground.
The government is not ready "to compromise with the safety of women" after the NGT ordered that there should be no exemption to anyone except emergency vehicles like ambulances and fire tenders, he said. The tribunal directed that odd-even should be implemented "right away" without waiting for 48 hours, in case PM2.5 and PM10 go beyond 400 and 700 units respectively. "You are only enriching the contractors through the order", it said. Following this, the NGT gave a go-ahead to odd-even but with conditions.
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The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has recorded "severe" air quality, meaning that the intensity of pollution was extreme.
Wagon Cab said: "We welcome the government's decision of implementing the odd and even rule to deal with the current environment situation."The company also said to have added 1,000 more cabs for commuters to travel without having a burden of hidden charges."These cabs would be available near business parks, shopping complex, airports and railway stations", the statement said".
The scheme, which had evoked major controversy in Delhi, had been tried in other cities of the world in the past, including Mexico, Paris, Bogota and Beijing.
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