In spite of New Delhi'spollution crisis, a auto rationing scheme in the smog-hit capital has been dropped after a challenge from the national environmental court, the National Green Tribunal.
The AAP government also said that exemptions are also crucial for women's safety.
The plea seeks directions to the Centre and the states on stubble burning, road dust and effective implementation of the Odd-Even auto rationing scheme.
"In light of the the two conditions by NGT on 2 wheelers and women, at the moment we are calling it off".
Earlier in the day, the NGT questioned the Delhi government for not filing a review petition and wondered if its statement on Saturday was a media gimmick.
The bench, headed by NGT chairperson, Justice Swatanter Kumar, said that the government has not implemented all the measures suggested for pollution control and has only gone after the odd-even scheme. The smog situation in the National Capital has been deteriorating for nearly past one week. Tribunal is likely to hear the plea tomorrow.
The global permissible limit for PM2.5 - particles in air with diameter less than 2.5mm - is 25 units (micro gram per cubic metre), while for India it is 60 units.
The Delhi government on Monday also made a decision to work out a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) with state-owned helicopter service company Pawan Hans for aerial sprinkling of water over the city to contain pollution. The government, he added, does not have enough public transport alternatives to accommodate over 6 million two-wheelers.
The directive was issued by agriculture ministry in wake of the increasing levels of pollution in New Delhi.
Ghaziabad was the most polluted city in the entire NCR with an AQI of 500 and PM2.5 at an astounding 816 units at 4.00 p.m - over 32 times the safe limit.
Pollution levels skyrocketed in Delhi on Sunday with the air quality becoming hazardous, which environmental agencies consider unfit for inhalation even by healthy people.
Meanwhile, the supreme court has agreed to hear a plea today seeking immediate measures to curb the alarming level of pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). "Their number is more than 50% of the registered vehicles and they operate on fuel mixed with oil", said the NGT.
"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".
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