AAP govt. not serious about controlling pollution: BJP

New Delhi [India], November 12 (ANI): In the wake of the Delhi Government calling off the odd-even vehicle movement in the national capital, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said it took a U-turn on the scheme after getting hauled up by National Green Tribunal (NGT), adding it was not serious about reducing or controlling the pollution in the state.

BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma criticised the Aam-Aadmi Party Government in the state and said it never implemented the hundreds of solutions suggested by the NGT.

“The Delhi Government took a u-turn on the odd-even scheme, because only yesterday it came under heavy criticism by the NGT. The NGT went on-record to tell the government that they or the Supreme Court, in the last one year, never asked the government to implement odd-even, but suggested hundred other ways to reduce pollution,” she said.

“The state government still went ahead with the scheme even though their own Delhi Pollution Board was saying it was not effective, and in fact worsened the situation in phase-1 and phase-2. Odd-even is an unnecessary obstacle in the lives of Delhiites. I truly feel that this government is not very serious about controlling pollution,” she added.

The Delhi Government on Saturday called off the scheme in the national capital, on Saturday, citing the court’s decision that women, government servants, and two-wheelers wouldn’t be exempted from the scheme. It was slated to be rolled out from November 13 to November 17 in an attempt to reduce pollution in Delhi.

Odd-even refers to the registration number of a vehicle. Odd numbered vehicles are allowed to ply on odd dates and even numbered vehicles are allowed on even dates.

The odd-even scheme was implemented for 15 days from January 1-15 and April 15-30 last year.


Delhi pollution: Cleaning capital’s toxic air requires scientific thinking, compliance and political will

Delhi is a city that has always been bursting at the seams. When its foundation stone was laid by Emperor George Vth at the Delhi Durbar in 1911, only 4.13 lakhs of what was India’s 25.2 crore population lived in Delhi, a measly 0.16%. In 1961, Delhi had an estimated 26.5 lakh citizens with a total urbanized area of 326 square kilometres out of its 1492 square kilometres. Delhi in 2011 stood at 75% urbanised land, 95% urbanised population and contained 1.68 crores i.e. 1.39% of the nation’s 120 crore population. Delhi’s environmental sustainability, ecology and air quality has been under pressure. The burden on the city has multiplied and deteriorated rapidly as it intrinsically suffers from the urban heat island effect compounded by the effects of urbanisation, climate change and unequal rural growth.

Cleaning Delhi’s air—a problem that has now reached alarming proportions—thus, requires political will, unified planning, scientific thinking, engineering innovation, administrative compliance and cross-national cooperation, as it is indeed, a problem of north India. Unfortunately, all that the past week has brought us has been uncooperative federalism, unscientific remarks, angry courts and toxic air. Any debate and dialogue around air pollution must not revolve around personalities and politics and must rather adhere to principles of science and prudent policy.



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