The Delhi High Court on Monday refused to stop the trial run of the Arvind Kejriwal government’s Odd-Even Formula, allowing it to complete its full course till January 15 as decided earlier.
The court, however, directed the Delhi government to take into account all the objections raised by all the petitioners.
The next date of hearing is 15 February.
“I want to thank the Delhi High Court for deciding in favour of Delhi people,” Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said, reacting to the order.
The court earlier said it would not interfere with the “notification” which allows only cars with odd-numbered licence plates on Delhi’s roads on odd-numbered dates, and those with even-numbered plates on the other days till 15 Jan.
However, the government, the judges said, must consider some of the issues raised by petitioners on Odd-Even Formula if it implements such a scheme again in future.
The Aam Aadmi Party government had declared its two-week experiment launched on 1 January to tackle the increasing pollution and smog in the capital,
The Delhi government has said it would decide on its next plan after analysing pollution data and reviewing progress after the trial period ends on Friday.
The Delhi government in statement has said that the air pollution by vehicular traffic has declined by 50 per cent in the National Capital Region.
“More than 50 per cent drop in air pollution primarily caused by vehicular traffic has been recorded according to the latest ambient air data collected by mobile teams of Delhi Pollution Control Committee on Saturday at 18 locations, through mobile dust samplers on using the light scattering technique,” it said.
The High Court will now hear the petitions challenging the Odd-Even Formula on February 15.
On Friday, the court termed the city’s public transport “insufficient” and observed that people were being inconvenienced.
The Delhi government has committed to improving public transport by providing more buses and metro train runs for commuters. Schools in the capital have been ordered closed till January 15, partly so that their buses can be used to ferry commuters to work.