Supreme Court says won’t cancel Odd-Even rule; calls petitions against scheme ‘publicity stunt’

DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday refused urgent hearing of a plea challenging Delhi high court order and AAP govt’s notification for odd-even scheme to curb pollution in the national capital.

Terming the plea as ‘publicity stunt’, the Supreme Court pointed out that top judges including him have been car-pooling to work.

“People are dying due to pollution. We are doing car-pooling and you want to challenge it,” said Chief Justice.

The Supreme Court however, rejected the appeal of a lawyer who asked that the odd-even run be aborted.

Earlier this week, Delhi High Court allowed AAP government to continue odd-even scheme till January 15, 2016, and refused to interfere with government’s notification on the scheme.

The odd-even rule which was implemented in Delhi starting January 1 is expected to go on till January 15.

However, the Delhi government has claimed success of the odd-even scheme.

Delhi Transport minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday said that a review meeting will decide on the second phase of the odd-even scheme and announced that a thanksgiving event has been lined up by the government for residents of the city who have made the road rationing scheme a “success”.
Delhi Government in collaboration with a private company initiated at Bicycle Sharing Service’ at Rohini East Metro Station. In 2009, there was a cycle stand there, but the operation of this service was stopped. Today, the operation of cycling service re-started.