Pleas filed in Delhi High Court against odd-even Project


New Delhi: Fresh petitions were filed on Tuesday in the Delhi High Court challenging the Aam Aadmi Party government’s decision to only allow even and odd numbered vehicles to ply in Delhi on alternative dates from January 1 for 15 days. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath would hear other tassel of public interest litigations on Wednesday.

The fresh PIL filed by the president of Delhi High Court Bar Association, Rajiv Khosla, sought quashing of the December 28 administration notification on this issue.

It is submitted that the said plan has been brought out and been made applicable to public without carrying out any feasibility study and is interrupting the legal fraternity in carrying out their professional responsibility of practising as an advocate in different courts and tribunal in Delhi, Khosla said in his PIL.

Another plea filed by B. Badrinath said the Delhi government`s plan violates his fundamental rights equality, freedom of movement and right to practise any profession or occupation, guaranteed under the Constitution.

The court had earlier refused to put on hold the odd-even scheme for plying four-wheelers on the national capital roads but asked the state government to take into consideration the issues of physically challenged commuters while formulating the scheme. To curb the alarming air pollution, the Delhi government as a temporary measure came out with odd-even plan for vehicles. Private vehicles with odd and even numbered licence plates were effective from January 1 allowed to ply on alternate dates.

The restrictions apply Monday to Saturday daily between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., and none on Sunday. The Delhi government, however, Immune any car carrying a patient or being driven by single women, CNG-certified vehicles, VIPs, two-wheelers, ambulances, defence vehicles and embassy vehicles from the new regulation.