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On odd-even, NGT says women, 2-wheelers not exempt: 10 Facts

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Traffic at Ring Road near AIIMS on fifth day of odd-even Rule on January 6, 2015 in New Delhi, India. © Pradeep Gaur /Mint via Getty Images Traffic at Ring Road near AIIMS on fifth day of odd-even Rule on January 6, 2015 in New Delhi, India.

NEW DELHI: A furious Green Court today delivered a blistering criticism of the Delhi government's plan to implement the Odd-Even road rationing scheme and pointing to various other measures that was not taken, said the government should not "test its patience".

The court banned all exemptions granted under the Odd-Even scheme - including to two-wheelers, government officials and women.

Questioning why the scheme was not implemented earlier, the court said Odd-Even should come into effect every time the particulate matter 10 exceeds the level of 5 00 and PM 2.5 rises above 300.

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Here is your 10-point cheatsheet to this story:

- Questioning the end result of banning cars when millions of two-wheelers are getting a free run, the court said, "What is the basis of granting exemptions under the scheme if you want to improve ambient air quality"

- "If you are removing 500 cars from roads and allowing 1,000 two wheelers... what purpose it will serve? Is the Odd-Even scheme at the whims and thought of a particular officer or the Delhi government as a whole?" the court said

- The Central Pollution Control Board told the court that two-wheelers cause more pollution compared to four wheelers

- The Green Court also asked the Centre and the Delhi government to name a big city where the levels of particulate matter 10 were lower than 100. "So should we assume that the government is sure of the Odd-Even scheme's benefit, and of no inconvenience taking place to the citizens?" the court said

- The NGT also asked Delhi government to show the letter on basis of which this decision was taken, and whether the LG's approval was taken for the same

- Observing that diesel vehicles older than 10 years and petrol vehicles older than 15 years are playing though all main roads, the NGT asked the Traffic Police to deploy its personnel at traffic lights

- It asked the Delhi government when statistics indicated that rain leads to a fall in pollution levels, why wasn't action taken

- Yesterday, the high court told the officials to explore all options including "cloud seeding" - spraying chemicals that enrich rain-bearing clouds - to induce rainfall artificially

- Central Pollution Control Board submitted that they had warned the Delhi government orally in advance about the impending problem, which the Delhi government denied

- NGT also slammed the four-fold hike in parking fees, asking "Won't the hike of parking fees only benefit the parking lots, and stress people even further, thereby encouraging them to park vehicles on the roads instead, choking them in the process?"

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