DELHI: A day after receiving a drubbing from the Delhi High court over the growing pollution in the capital region, the State Government has come up with a controversial move to check pollution in Delhi.
The Delhi state government has decided to allow vehicles with odd and even number plates to ply on alternate days in the national capital from January 1, 2016. The controversial move from the Delhi Government has surprised political analysts around the country.
One of the AAP MLAs said, “Any move that the government takes hereby is only because of the emergency conditions prevailing in the state. The atmosphere in Delhi has been deteriorating day-by-day and it is the time to act”.
Earlier, the Delhi High Court thrashed both the State and Central Governments saying that living in Delhi is like ‘living in a gas chamber’.
As per the official records, Delhi has over 27 lakh cars causing heavy traffic on week days. It has been reported that as many as 1500 vehicles are added to Delhi roads everyday.
The Delhi Government is yet to issue proper guidelines over the implementation of its new vehicle policy. Sources said, all the vehicles running with CNG are exempted from this policy. The Government has also decided to close an NTPC thermal power generating unit at Badarpur in South Delhi.
The AAP government has also launched a web-based portal to complain about the polluting vehicles in Delhi localities.
According to the estimates of the Central Pollution Control Board, the air quality index of Delhi is 331-rated as ‘very poor quality’ scientifically. Prolonged exposure to a poor quality of air may cause respiratory illness.