NEW DELHI :
Delhi high court on Wednesday refused to entertain public interest litigation (PIL) which challenges the AAP government's proposed odd-even road rationing scheme.
"Odd-even scheme will be implemented from 4th November to 15th November. The scheme will also include vehicles coming from other states, and only be implemented on non-transport 4-wheeled vehicles, 2-wheelers will be exempted," Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said in a press conference.
The petitioner had opposed the scheme on the ground that it was "arbitrary" as polluting vehicles, like two-wheelers, were being exempted while CNG driven vehicles were not.
A division bench comprising of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C. Hari Shankar refused to entertain the same on the basis that the petitioner didn't approach the government before approaching the court.
The petitioner alleges that arbitrary exclusion of CNG driven vehicles from the list of exemption is devoid of any statutory justification.
"The discriminatory policy for implementation of odd and even scheme is opposed to the principles of equalities and right to lives which are guaranteed under article 14 of the constitution of India. He prays that the Delhi government must be directed to exempt the NCG driven vehicles form odd and even scheme in the interest of public at large." the petition reads.
He further alleges that the government of Delhi has put great inconvenience to the owners of CNG driven vehicles as the owners of the CNG driven vehicles are being un-necessarily put into the exclusion list of the exemption.
“The owners of CNG driven vehicles are environmentally conscious long before the implementation of odd even scheme to protect the environment by paying more money from their pocket at the time of purchase of CNG driven vehicles. Hence, the decision of respondent No.1 is arbitrary and illegal and not in the interest of public at large."- The plea further adds.
He had prayed for directions to the AAP government to either exempt CNG vehicles under the proposed scheme or not to implement it all.