30 December, New Delhi
Two days before the Odd-Even car formula’s implementation in the National Capital to reduce the increasing level of pollution, the Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government as to why the exemption was given to single women drivers and two-wheeler users from this scheme and sought a detailed report from it.
The Court was hearing a plea filed by Delhi resident Karuna Chhatwal, who sought direction to restrict the movement of cars driven by women drivers as well as two-wheelers.
After hearing the plea from Chhatwal, a division bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Sunil Gaur asked the Delhi government to submit data on the pollution levels. The Court also sought a reply from it as to which were the vehicles plying during trial period of odd-even scheme, initiated by the city government.
The Odd-Even formula introduced by the AAP government is aimed at reducing pollution in Delhi. It would be introduced in the National Capital from January 1-15 on a trail basis.
The court, however, refused to pass any order on Chhatwal’s plea.
Chhatwal sought restriction of the movement of cars driven by women and two-wheeler but asked the state government to clarify “why such exemption is necessary”.
It also refused to allow another plea requesting to exempt advocates from the city government’s vehicle restriction plan and said if such plea will be allowed then judiciary will be flooded with litigation from doctors and other officials, who have not been included in list of exempted categories.
The HC, which was hearing various applications regarding odd-even formula’s scrapping, listed it for January 6 for further hearing.
The Delhi government, in its circular, said private vehicles with odd and even registration numbers will ply on odd and even dates, respectively, from January 1 here. According to the city government, the restrictions will apply between 0800 hrs and 2000 hrs. There would be no restrictions on Sunday.