The odd-even scheme is not returning to Delhi on Monday, the Delhi government said today, expressing its inability to enforce the measure after the National Green Tribunal ordered the withdrawal of exemptions given to women and two-wheelers.
The scheme, which had evoked major controversy in Delhi, had been tried in other cities of the world in the past, including Mexico, Paris, Bogota and Beijing.
The decision came in the wake of degrading air quality in the national capital, which entered into the "Red Zone".
"The tribunal also said that no VIP vehicles, government officials or women will be spared under this scheme", he said.
The NGT on Saturday asked Delhi Government about reasons behind exemptions and the impact of pollution emanating from two wheelers, and whether they intend to employ the Odd-Even scheme whenever the pollution levels spiral.
In a statement, the Delhi government said that it "feels that considering the large number of two-wheelers in Delhi, unless adequate number of buses are available, implementation of odd-even will cause great hardship to such persons".
The NGT also asked the Delhi Traffic Police to deploy its personnel at traffic lights, observing that nearly all the main roads in the city are witness to diesel vehicles which are older than 10 years and petrol vehicles which are older than 15 years. It also asked the government why the rule wasn't applied when the air quality situation was worse.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) told the tribunal that they had warned the Kejriwal government orally in advance about the impending problem. "You're only taking the decision after the tribunal directed you to", the NGT was quoted as saying by DNA.
"It's now being taken after the Tribunal said so", the NGT said.
Considering the poor visibility in Delhi, the United Airlines on Saturday temporarily suspended its flight from Newark to the national capital.
At around 3.30 pm, Environment Minister Imran Hussain said the levels of PM2.5 and PM10 had also dropped. "But recovery will get delayed by at least one more day".
The reading changed to 522 and 332 by 6 pm.