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Give one scientific reason for exempting two-wheelers NGT tells Delhi



India November 14(IM): The Delhi government on Tuesday withdrew the review petition that it had filed before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) with respect to exempting two-wheelers and women-drivers from the odd-even car-rationing scheme.

Further, the green panel asked the Delhi government to provide “one scientific reason” as to why two-wheelers should be exempted from the scheme considering the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) had both submitted that two-wheelers contribute a major portion of the vehicular pollution.

A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar also directed the government to select one highly polluted area in the city by 4 p.m. on Tuesday and start sprinkling water using “proper techniques” to reduce the pollutants present in the ambient air quality.

“You should sprinkle water using helicopters or at least from a height, from multi-storey buildings and not spray water on the trees. If you sprinkle water on trees, the pollutants will get attached to the trees and kill the plants” said the Bench.

Rapping the State government, the Tribunal said, “If the pollution levels are still high, how are we supposed to alter our previous order?”

Dismissing the petition, the green panel has given the ‘liberty to file fresh application’ to the Aam Aadmi Party government.

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