The National Green Tribunal on Monday lashed out at the UP government and the Noida Authority for not abiding by its order banning construction in the national capital region despite PM10 level being over 900, saying they were making a "mockery of the system".
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Swatanter Kumar asked the officials of Uttar Pradesh government and the authority to explain the steps they were taking to deal with pollution.
Subject to the NGT's decision, the Delhi government will "consider implementing it again".
"In light of the the two conditions by NGT on 2 wheelers and women, at the moment we are calling it off. We will go back to NGT on Monday, file a review petition for them to reconsider their decision regarding the two", said Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot. The last couple of times, women drivers and two-wheeler motorists were exempted from the odd-even scheme but this time; these motorists will not be exempt from the odd-even rule as the Green Court questioned the rationality of the exemption to the Delhi government. It has been a week that health emergency is declared in Delhi as hazardous smog clouds the region, making it unsafe for the people to breath.
The NGT, however, claims that no plea was filed by AAP for reconsideration, but said that, as the situation is getting critical, it will take up the hearing after the scheduled cases today. The review petition co-incided with the re-opening of schools in the city amid hazardous levels of air pollution.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud considered the submission that rise in dust particles on roads, and stubble burning in Delhi's neighbouring states like Haryana and Punjab have led to an alarming rise in pollution levels in the NCR and its adjoining areas.
"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".
The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) initiative of the government said Delhi "may see increase in pollution levels" due to meteorological factors but the real picture would be clear after Tuesday.