Sheila Dikshit concurs with NGT’s criticism of Delhi’s odd-even rule

New Delhi: Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday concurred with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in its criticism of the state government’s revival of the odd-even rule, and called for a long-term solution to the problem of air pollution.

Rejecting the odd-even rule as an ineffective solution to the crisis, the Congress leader called out the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government for not formulating an ineffectual plan beforehand.

“I don’t think there has been any planning at all in this past one year. Even the last time it (odd-even rule) was not effective at all, in fact it was bit of a harassment for all,” Dikshit told ANI.

“We have to find a long-term solution, so that it does not happen again,” Dikshit added.

The former chief minister also said that people of Delhi were suffering “because of the blame game as nobody wants to take the responsibility,” and suggested for the state and central government to constitute a committee to combat the problem, keeping aside politics.

“Either they (the Delhi Government) or the Central Government should constitute a committee, because they keep on blaming Haryana, Punjab, or Uttar Pradesh,” Dikshit said.

Earlier in the day, the NGT rapped the Arvind Kejriwal-led Government for reviving the odd-even rule in the capital to be effective from next week, and asked for a justification for implementing the scheme out of several others.