Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014

More buses, less pollution: L-G lays out future plan for capital

A girl with a tricolour kite at India Gate on Friday. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia) A girl with a tricolour kite at India Gate on Friday. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)
Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: August 16, 2014 12:46 am

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, in his Independence Day address, put forward an agenda for the capital, focussing on key issues such as transport, water, energy and the environment, which have been found wanting in the past.

While addressing a gathering at Chhatrasal Stadium in Model Town on Friday, Jung noted the rapid transformation of the world around and the challenges that it brings, and said there was a need to “address the challenges as we go on our path towards growth and development”.

To strengthen the city’s transportation services, as the existing strength of Delhi Transportation Corporation’s (DTC) bus fleet falls far short of the required number, Jung said, “DTC will add 1,380 new non-AC buses to its fleet”. He said 26 ladies special buses have also been deployed in the capital. Delhi will also get 400 more cluster buses this year, he said.

He also said 35 per cent of the work on Delhi Metro’s Phase-III — the 103-km long corridor —  has already been completed.

Noting that scarcity of water was becoming an increasingly vital issue in Delhi, he said, “Water treatment plants will be set up at Pappankalan, Nilothi, Yamuna Vihar and Delhi Gate. We plan to set up a 40 MGD water treatment plants as well with the help of the Singapore government.” He added that by saving 80 MGD water from the Munak-Haiderpur Canal, capacity of potable water will be increased.

He also addressed the issue of environmental pollution, particularly air and water pollution, in the capital and said a detailed report had been prepared by the government to find solutions.

“This year, nine solar units have been set up in different parts of Delhi and 10 more will be set up in the near future,” Jung said.

To meet the increasing demands for electricity, Jung said a detailed plan has been prepared to meet the growing demand for power for which funds have been allocated. The government has also decided to extend subsidy for domestic consumers.

He said in order to encourage students to develop skills, students of Delhi University would be granted scholarship under the ‘Yuva Nirman Yojna’ while students from weaker sections of  society could avail of the ‘Technical Education Community Outreach Scheme”, which will be launched soon.

Jung also announced that seven shelter homes would be set up across the city, toilets will be constructed in slums and a greater emphasis will be laid on public health — particularly issues pertaining to mother and child — by the Delhi government.

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