According to the Newspaper, Moreover, light rains predicted are on November 14 and 15, which is likely to clear the smog and bring respite to the people gasping for breath.Delhi smog LIVE updates:9:47 am: Foggy conditions were also reported in states surrounding Delhi.
NGT gave its nod to the Delhi government to implement the odd even scheme with an underlying objective to improve the dismal air quality.
The government had on Saturday scrapped its plan to implement the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme it had slated to start from today, after NGT said there will be no exemption for women, two-wheelers and government servants.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has called the city a "gas chamber", drew personal flak on Twitter for relying on vehicle rationing and other emergency measures to clean up the city's air instead of implementing longer-term solutions.
The "odd-even" scheme, introduced temporarily past year, says vehicles with license plates ending in odd numbers can only be driven on odd-numbered dates, and those with even-numbers on others. Resorting to the odd-even scheme as a stop-gap arrangement will only work to disillusion the public from its marginal efficacy.
The NGT also asked the government to provide reasons for exempting two-wheelers from the scheme.
Meanwhile, the almost week-long spell of toxic smog enveloping the national capital continued today, with reduced visibility in some areas leading to cancellation of trains in Delhi.
Air pollution is a leading cause of premature death in India.
Besides, Delhi Chief Minister and Union Cabinet are in touch with environment scientists and continuously monitoring the situation, he informed, and added that the government would be meeting with the State-owned helicopter service company, Pawan Hans to discuss future step and add more strategies in combating pollution. In the previous two phases of the scheme, implemented in 2016, these categories had been given relief from the scheme, which allows cars with odd number plates on odd dates and even numbers on even dates.
Twitter users in the smog-choked Indian capital Delhi have criticised the re-introduction of vehicle rationing as a "tokenistic" effort to curb pollution. Odd-even is an unnecessary obstacle in the lives of Delhiites.