New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said on Saturday that the odd-even scheme cannot be implemented without exceptions and the safety of women cannot be risked, after the Delhi government called off the planned car-rationing measure.
The Delhi government on Saturday called off the odd-even scheme, which was to be implemented for five-days from Monday, after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered the withdrawal of exemptions under it, including those extended to women and two-wheelers, when it was rolled out on two previous occasions.
"Odd-even was not to satisfy anybody's ego. Women being vulnerable cannot be exposed to risks. The Delhi government cannot risk the safety of women during odd-even period. Will not implement odd-even without exemptions to women," party's Delhi unit chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj tweeted.
Delhi Govt cannot risk safety of women in Odd-Even. Will not implement Odd-Even without exemptions to Women.— Saurabh Bharadwaj (@Saurabh_MLAgk) November 11, 2017
Odd Even was not to satisfy anybody's ego.Women being vulnerable cannot be exposed to risks.Delhi Govt Committed to safety and security.— Saurabh Bharadwaj (@Saurabh_MLAgk) November 11, 2017
The green bench had earlier on Saturday, ordered that no exemption should be allowed to "any person or officer and two-wheelers".
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar ordered that there should be no exemption to "any person or officer and two-wheelers" from the ambit and scope of the road rationing scheme and would be applied with equal vigour to all vehicles.
The government will file a review petition on Monday for the NGT to reconsider their decision regarding the exemption of two- wheelers and women.
Earlier on Friday, AAP's Delhi unit convenor and Labour Minister Gopal Rai had strongly defended the odd-even scheme, saying the vehicular pollution was the biggest source of ultrafine particulate matters measuring less than 2.5 microns.