Surprised by CM Arvind Kejriwal claim that govt in dark on traffic mess, says Anil Baijal

On Monday, the L-G office issued a statement that Baijal had written to the CM expressing “surprise” over Kejriwal’s “perception that the elected government was not made aware of work done on resolving traffic bottlenecks”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 11, 2017 2:26 am
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The Delhi government and the Lieutenant Governor’s office appear to be locked in a tussle, with letters and press releases — over the issue of traffic bottlenecks — being exchanged. Rebutting the government’s suggestion that it is being kept in the dark on the issue, the L-G on Monday claimed that a cabinet minister had attended meetings and even offered “useful suggestions” to fix traffic bottlenecks.

Last week, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had written to the chief secretary to prepare a list of traffic bottlenecks in the capital.

The next day, Delhi L-G Anil Baijal responded to media reports and said the issue was “already a top priority” and that congestion points had been identified. Baijal also said the list had been sent to Kejriwal’s office, which responded the next day that neither the CM nor his ministers had “any information” about this.

On Monday, the L-G office issued a statement that Baijal had written to the CM expressing “surprise” over Kejriwal’s “perception that the elected government was not made aware of work done on resolving traffic bottlenecks”. The statement added that the L-G informed Kejriwal “about details of meetings attended” by the PWD Minister and “information received by the ministers’ offices regarding the issue of traffic bottlenecks”.

While the relationship between L-G Baijal and Kejriwal is more amiable than the one between the CM and former L-G Najeeb Jung, the tussle for power between the two has been steadily increasing. Take, for instance, Kerjiwal’s letter to the L-G on June 16 requesting him “most humbly” to “meet the public during the hour” between 10 am and 11 am “without appointment” to “hear public grievances”. This, sources said, has not gone down well with the L-G’s office.

The statement from the L-G office added, “This statement about the elected government being kept in dark does not appear to be borne out as per facts that were detailed in the letter today to the Chief Minister, wherein it was informed by the L-G that the minutes of the very first meeting he chaired to review the submissions of the six Task Forces on March 28, 2017, were endorsed to the Secretary to Minister (Transport).” During the meeting, it was decided to identify “four of five plot corridors” for “immediate action”, it said.

The statement added that the L-G also chaired another meeting on May 16, focussing “specially” on two pilot corridors — one at Aurobindo Marg and another near Savitri Flyover. As per the L-G’s office, the minister “not only attended this meeting” but “gave useful suggestions”.

The Chief Minister’s office refused to comment on the issue.

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    abajaj
    Oct 27, 2017 at 4:32 am
    the new cm of Delhi Mr. Kejri has no real plans for the city (Delhi) and for the country. Pehle apne andar jhaak ke dekho sir. We gave you a chance. Your govt. gave up in 49 days. If you have to do something in Delhi you got to plan for its people. Don't come up with fraud schemes providing free (everything that comes from our taxes is free to others). Your government is the new Congress which should get thrashed. You don't pay for anything your govt. calls "FREE". Traffic is worse than before. What about women security? If women security had improved, we would have seen more cases being filed with the increase in a population of young women, professional women and those who commute to Delhi, or those who have changed base to Delhi for work. The Government needs to improve housing for different classes, make a roadmap that can accommodate increasing Delhi traffic. People in India are underpaid for their jobs. Companies are hiring people for cheap labor disrupting common man's life.
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      Laxmi Narayan
      Jul 12, 2017 at 6:07 pm
      Modi Scared.......
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        Suresh
        Jul 12, 2017 at 3:53 pm
        KEJRI DOES NO WORK ONLY LOOTED DISTURBING PROGRESS OF DELLHITES
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          Suresh
          Jul 12, 2017 at 12:09 pm
          KEJRI AAP IS TOTALLY REJECTED IN ELECTIONS EVERYWHERE BECAUSE KEJRI SUNITA SANDEEP DID NO WORK IN DELHI BUSINESS WITH GIRLS ( AAP WAS ARRESTED) LOOTED TAX MONEY OF DELHI BY SHALU JAIN PWD SCAM ALL R WAITING TIME WHEN KEJRI WILL GO FROM DELHI CM EARLY LIKE CONGRESS HAS GONE FROM INDIAN POLITICS FOR EVER FOR DOING LARGE NO OF SCAMS FROM SURESH JAGLAN PANIPAT
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            rs
            Jul 11, 2017 at 7:55 pm
            It indicates that Kejriwal is not interested in what is going on in Delhi. He is still dreaming of winning outside Delhi. Keep dreaming till next Delhi assembly election.
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