Delhi High Court Refuses to Stay AAP’s Odd-Even Formula

The high court declined the petition for a stay on the implementation of the government’s formula till 6 January.

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The Delhi High Court has refused to give interim stay to ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s plan to run private vehicles with odd and even registration numbers on alternate days from January 1, 2016.

The high court declined the request made by one of the five petitioners for a stay on the implementation of the government’s formula till 6 January, which has been fixed as the next date of hearing.

Sorry. We do not know whether it (the odd-even formula) will be implemented or not. The Delhi government has not yet come out with any scheme on this issue...As of today we cannot grant such relief.

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A tourist stands in the middle of a street in front of the Rashtrapati Bhavan enveloped in a blanket of smog, caused by a mixture of pollution and fog, in New Delhi. (Photo: AP)
A tourist stands in the middle of a street in front of the Rashtrapati Bhavan enveloped in a blanket of smog, caused by a mixture of pollution and fog, in New Delhi. (Photo: AP)

The bench further observed that the city government has called for representation from various stakeholders of the society and as of today they have not finalised any scheme.

The court has asked the government to consider representation of a physically challenged man Nipun Malhotra, one of the petitioners who has urged the court to allow such commuters to use their own vehicles as public transport is not disabled-friendly.

We are concerned about this class (physically challenged) of people, so the Delhi government should consider them as well...What precaution you are taking with regard to disabled people?

The court was hearing five PILs filed by different individuals against the AAP government’s odd-even plan.

(With agency inputs)

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