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In Supreme Court affidavit, Delhi government states that Odd-even lessens traffic congestion

On Thursday, the Delhi government reported to the Supreme Court that traffic congestion has decreased as a result of its odd-even vehicle emissions reduction policy. The Delhi government’s affidavit was submitted two days after the Supreme Court referred to the odd-even programme designed to reduce vehicle emissions in the capital as ‘optics.’


On Friday, the petition concerning air pollution in Delhi is scheduled to be heard by the highest court. The Delhi administration used a scientific research to support their claims that the odd-even programme had a favourable effect, increasing public transport utilisation and reducing fuel consumption by 15%.


It added that it has received nearly Rs 14 crore in environmental compensation fees since July of this year.


In response to the court’s questioning about why the Arvind Kejriwal-led government in Delhi had not imposed a complete ban on taxis registered outside the city, the government stated that such a ban was not feasible. Restrictions based on fuel kind and quantity, however, might be taken into account.


The Delhi government has postponed the implementation of the odd-even car rationing programme until the Supreme Court assesses its efficacy in reducing air pollution and gives an order in that regard, according to Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday.


The Supreme Court harshly criticised the Delhi government’s pollution control efforts on Tuesday, including its well-known odd-even car rationing programme, as dense haze enveloped the nation’s capital.


This was declared by the Delhi government on Monday, one day after it had been away for four years, in anticipation of additional declines in the quality of the air after Diwali. ‘In Delhi, odd-even has been tried, but has it ever worked?’ The Supreme Court bench had stated, ‘It’s all optics.’


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