Published on : Thursday, November 18, 2021
The BJP has said that pollution levels in New Delhi have reached alarming proportions; however, Chief Minister ArvindKejriwal and senior AAP leaders arebusy with “political tourism.”
Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta and Delhi Assembly’s Leader of Opposition Ramvir Singh Bidhuri said that the CM is visiting Uttarakhand, Goa and Punjab, leaving behind Delhiites to inhale poisonous air.
“We have been saying from the beginning that stubble burning is not the main cause of pollution and now even the apex court has said that it is one of the reasons but not the major one for pollution,” said Mr. Gupta.
“The Kejriwal Government will think of the serious issue of pollution only when it gets time from publicity and giving advertisements. They talked big about installing a smog tower but it was finally done through CSR funds of a private company and even that is in a bad shape,” he added.
“Shabby” public transport system, dirty roads and poisonous gas emissions from industrial units are among the three reasons for pollution in Delhi, said Mr. Bidhuri.
Mr. Bidhuriasked why no new buses have been added to the city’s fleet and why the Delhi Metro network had not been expanded.
“The fact is our public transport system is in shambles. When Kejriwal took over, there were 7,000 DTC buses whose number has now come down to 3,600. Now, these 3,600 buses have also outlived their life but are still plying on the roads,” he said.
“The metro’s 3rd phase, which was to be completed in 2018, is nearing completion now, while the 4th phase was to be completed by 2021 but has just started. Most of the PWD roads are now broken,” Mr.Bidhuriopined.