Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the decision whether to extend the odd-even scheme would be taken on Monday after due deliberations with other government agencies. However, after the Supreme court reprimanded the government today over its failure to curb the pollution with its ‘ineffective’ odd-even scheme.
People should not unnecessary undergo unnecessary trouble and suffer infirmities because of our negligence and ignorance,” Kejriwal said in a press conference. We don’t want to force the odd-even scheme, thereby causing inconvenience to the citizens, the air quality in Delhi is expected to improve from Saturday. If that happens, we won’t extend the deadline. But the final decision will be taken on Monday, depending on the improvement or deterioration of the air quality,” Kejriwal said. The scheme which was rolled out on November 4 has reached its deadline today.
Supreme Court hearing the plea of a Noida based lawyer reprimanded the AAP-led Delhi government for the rising pollution levels in the city, which remained engulfed in thick smog. The plea alleged that the road rationing scheme is arbitrary, and hence ultra vires Article 14 and 19(1)(g) of the Constitution. The apex court observed that the Odd-Even scheme might not be the permanent solution to check air pollution. The bench also asked the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to conduct random checks on three-wheelers running on polluting fuels and to file a report about it within 7 days.
As citizens witness no respite from the hazardous air, the key Parliamentary Standing Committee meeting to discuss the deteriorating air quality in the NCR stood canceled after top officers, including secretary, joint secretary and Municipal Commissioners of all three corporations failed to show up.
Hazardous air quality was recorded at 32 monitoring stations of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and the India Meteorological Department (IMD). AQI was measured at 500 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Dwarka Sector 8, ITO, Nehru Nagar, Siri Fort, and Pusa. The concentration of ultrafine harmful particulate matters like PM2.5 and PM10 substantially rose to six times over the prescribed limit causing trouble in breathing and burning eyes.
Some improvement in the air condition is expected today owing to a forecast of an increase in wind speed, which will likely ‘improve’ the air quality from severe towards ‘very poor.