Alam could only recall the last thing Arshad told his mother over the phone: “Mere abba theek hain? Aap sab theek ho? Dhyan rakhna main bhi jaldi aa jaunga (Is father okay? Is everyone at home okay? Take care, I will come home soon.)”
Data collected by the CPCB and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) from 14 river monitoring locations showed except for two points — Palla and Surghat, the water quality failed to meet several quality parameters between 2015 and 2019.
The problems faced by residents at this village is not too dissimilar to those in other rural belts in outer regions of North West Delhi. Most people in these areas said they voted keeping in mind these problems and for parties that will help solve them.
The redevelopment plans include building a new, triangular-shaped Parliament house and moving all union ministries and offices to the Central Vista in 10 “doughnut-shaped” identical buildings on four tracts of government land between India Gate, and the Rail and Vayu Bhawans.
Cleaning the Yamuna has found a mention in the manifestos of all three parties as well as in speeches by leaders. In an interview to The Indian Express, Kejriwal said one of the things his government will focus on if it returns to power is cleaning the river.
The reason, voters say, is the accessibility, familiarity and previous work done by the AAP and Congress candidates in the constituency. The BJP candidate, though popular on social media, does not evoke the same connect, residents say.
People living in wards D and E of Sangam Vihar said piped water is being supplied in most areas after the lines were laid last year. However, the infrastructure does not appear to be complete in some pockets.
As per police estimates, more than one lakh people turned up for the annual event. Among these, over a thousand were left out after entry was barred by 9 am as the stands filled up. Despairing, with tickets in hand, the only compensation for those waiting outside was the air show.
In his first roadshow after filing his nomination for the February 8 polls, the AAP chief stuck to the party’s main poll plank — improvements in the city’s education, healthcare, and power and water supply.
A signed assurance was given by the V-C to students after a day-long protest outside her office, during which students held two discussions with her and even called for her resignation if their demands were not met.
The buzz surrounding the Union government’s ambitious redevelopment project of the Central Vista is strong — just as it was in the early 20th century when architects Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker embarked on their journey of turning New Delhi into the Capital of colonial India.
DJB officials associated with the project told The Indian Express that the pilot would be implemented in South and South West Delhi first. It is expected to be expanded to cover the entire city in around three to six months,