The Delhi government on Monday moved National Green Tribunal, seeking amendment in its November 11 order on the odd-even scheme. Tribunal is likely to hear the plea tomorrow.
The tribunal on Monday took Delhi government to task, saying no review petition has yet been filed on the Odd-Even policy and asked the government if it was just a media stunt.
The air quality in Delhi had deteriorated on Sunday after a sharp rise in presence of pollutants.
Both PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels, measured at 480 and 712 micrograms per cubic meter, respectively, were back at the ’emergency’ threshold of the Graded Response Action Plan.
The figure in other NCR cities, too, was alarmingly high on Sunday – 468 in Faridabad, 498 in Ghaziabad, 460 in Gurgaon and 492 in Noida.
Experts had earlier forecast a drop in levels from Sunday onwards, but pollution levels rose once again from Saturday evening due fall in temperatures and a drop in the ‘boundary layer’, which traps pollutants and separates the surface atmosphere with the outer atmosphere.
The NGT on Saturday had given a go-ahead to the Odd-Even scheme to be implemented from November 13 but reprimanded the Delhi government for acting late on rising pollution levels.