The Delhi High Court asked the Delhi government to consider various pleas on the third edition of odd-even scheme as per law on or before November 5.
There are multiple pleas challenging the Delhi government’s popular odd-even scheme on the vehicles plying in the city. From November 4 to November 15 the third edition of the scheme will begin. The petitioners questioned the government’s scheme which has not allowed the plying of the CNG vehicles citing the reason that it is difficult to check fuel of every vehicle.
The petitioners also said that the two-wheeler vehicles which also causes maximum pollution are exempted. It also questioned the granting of exemption to women drivers stating that since the women drivers are exempted, it denies the equality before the law on the ground of sex. It sought the court to struck down the scheme as it violates the fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution.
One of the petitioner Sanjiiv Kumar alleged that the scheme is illogical and it is done solely for the vote bank politics by spending crores of rupees on advertisements and promotion in the guise of curbing pollution.
The 12 days scheme beginning from November 4 to curb pollution in the city will be applicable from 8 am to 8 pm, except on Sundays.
President, Vice President, CJI, Speaker of Lok Sabha among others, would be exempted from the scheme. The courtesy is extended to CMs of neighbouring states as well. But he clarified that vehicles of the Delhi chief minister and ministers from other states will come under its ambit.
Also, vehicles of Supreme Court Judges, UPSC Chairperson, Chief Election Commissioner, Election Commissioners, CAG, Deputy Chairman Rajya Sabha, Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha, Lt Governor of Delhi, Judges of Delhi High Court, Lokayukta and emergency services will be exempted.