Sunday, 17 December, 2017

As Delhi chokes, nearly Rs787 cr of 'green fund' remains unused

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Marlene Weaver | 16 November, 2017, 15:50

Thereafter, there was a massive increase in collection in 2016 and 2017, when the Aam Admi Party government collected Rs386 crore and Rs787 crore respectively. The amount of Rs 93 lakh was given to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation for payment towards preparation of documents for radio-frequency identification system at toll plazas, mentioned a report in Times of India.

The reply to the RTI petition filed by Sanjeev Jain revealed that the Delhi government had received over Rs50 crore as environment cess in 2015.

The Supreme Court had asked the Delhi government to utilise the fund for improving the public transport system, saying it may help reduce vehicular pollution. The Times of India report mentions that instead of increasing the number of buses, the DTC fleet has shrunk from 5,121 buses in 2010 to 3,944 buses now.

Gupta said the Government has forced the people to inhale poisonous air despite availability of huge funds to reduce pollution in Delhi. The government had cited the problem of parking space for buses earlier in the year as well.

Floods near Greek capital leave 2 dead; roads, homes flooded
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the deaths had been caused by a "disastrous flood" and expressed deep sorrow for the deaths. At least 15 people have died in Greece after the central Mediterranean was hit by heavy flooding and violent storms.

Delhi BJP leaders on Thursday met Lt Governor Anil Baijal and urged him to seek a report from the AAP government over the alleged "non utilisation" of environment cess and direct it to procure 8,000 new buses with the fund. He further said 11,000 buses are required for public transport fleet, but surprisingly the Government has failed to purchase even a single new bus during last three years.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a meeting with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Chandigarh on Wednesday, agreed to develop an elevated road link from Ashram Chowk to Badarpur, and automated tax collection at the entry point into Delhi from Gurugram on NH-48, said a press statement issued on Wednesday by the Haryana Public Relations Department.

As the city continues to struggle with its day-to-day functioning due to its pollution, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has been busy arranging meetings with the chief ministers of the neighbouring states.

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