NEW DELHI: The Delhi government on Wednesday told the National Green Tribunal that it would implement the odd-even car rationing scheme without any exemptions.
The government also submitted its detailed plan to tackle pollution to the green tribunal. As per the plan, the government said construction activity would be totally banned once the pollution level reaches the ‘severe’ category. Also, the government said, it would ban the entry of trucks in the capital. The green tribunal on Tuesday had come down heavily on the Delhi government over its failure to submit a detailed action plan as directed by it.
In another measure, the government said it would impose a prohibition on burning waste to tackle pollution.
The NGT had asked other states like Haryana and Punjab, along with Delhi, to submit their detailed plans by Thursday, when the matter would be up for hearing. The order was passed by a bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar, who said that the AQI in Delhi was never normal. “You all (states) tell us what steps you will take at what level of pollution. What are your normal steps to check pollution,” he said.
The tribunal had also lambasted authorities for conducting the India-Sri Lanka cricket match at the Feroz Shah Kotla in spite of high pollution in the city. The Sri Lankan players had complained of problems due to pollution and play had to be halted for 17 minutes on Sunday.