A scheme to try to reduce pollution levels in New Delhi has stalled over the issue of women drivers.
The government wanted to bring in car rationing from Monday, but said women were exempt.
Because having to use public transport would compromise their security.
Currently, the public transportation is not robust enough to be relied upon for the implementation of the car rationing scheme.
And the most important issue is the security of women. The government is very concerned about that.
The country’s environmental court or the NGT disputed the ruling, saying all fuel-powered vehicles must be included in the scheme.
If we talk only about car rationing, there is no exemption. There is no exemption for VIPs, for women or two-wheelers. It applies across the board.
Pollution has had record levels in New Delhi this week, 40 times what the World Health Organization says is safe.
There was a burning sensation in my throat and suddenly I felt breathless. Now after the oxygen mask I feel better.
Schools have been closed. Construction restricted and trucks banned in an effort to bring levels down.
When the Environment Court challenged the state government over women drivers being exempt, the government cancelled the scheme.
Now on Monday, it’ll be business as usual.
At the moment, we’re calling it off .
But on Monday, we will again approach the Environment Court and request them to reconsider the exemption for two wheelers and women drivers.
New Delhi’s air quality has been so poor this week. Doctors say it’s as bad as smoking 50 cigarettes a day.
It’s a consequence of weather patterns and crop burning in nearby states. But right now the authorities seem unable to prevent it.