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New Delhi , DEC 5|| News Desk

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Shri Haroon Yusuf said that despite being in power for the past seven years, the Arvind Government had to resort to cheap stunts like “war against pollution” with a meaningless exercise of deputing marshals at traffic signals, and other hot-pots across the Capital, with placards bearing the photo of the CM. He said that the need of the hour was to take strong steps at the ground level to check air pollution, and not futile “yudh”, which stays only on placards.

Former Delhi Minister Shri Haroon Yusuf said that with farmers on protest demanding rollback of the three anti-farmer black Bills passed by the Modi Government at the Centre, the Arvind Government cannot blame stubble burning for air pollution staying at ‘very poor’ levels in Delhi. Addressing a press conference at the DPCC office, Rajiv Bhawan here today, Shri Haroon Yusuf said that despite warnings by experts that major causes for the surging air pollution in Delhi emanate from Delhi itself, like vehicular traffic, garbage, dust from broken roads and streets,  demolition and construction sites, burning of wastes. and pollutants from industrial units, Chief Minister Arvind has steadfastly refused to admit the ground reality, and take remedial measures.

Shri Haroon Yusuf said that due to Governance failure by the Arvind Government, people of Delhi are struggling to cope with the double whammy of Covid-19 pandemic and severe air pollution. He said that the Arvind Government had collected Rs 883 crore in Environment Cess, out of which just 1. 6% of the money was spent, but shockingly, the Arvind Government squandered Rs 891.6 crore in advertisements for the CM’s self-publicity.

Shri Haroon Yusuf said that despite being in power for the past seven years, the Arvind Government had to resort to cheap stunts like “war against pollution” with a meaningless exercise of deputing marshals at traffic signals, and other hot-pots across the Capital, with placards bearing the photo of the CM. He said that the need of the hour was to take strong steps at the ground level to check air pollution, and not futile “yudh”, which stays only on placards.

He said that the Arvind Government has not added even a single bus to the DTC fleet in the past seven years as it was not getting commission, and even the number of buses left behind by the Congress Government has depleted so much that people have to depend on private vehicles to commute. (Congress left behind 5223 DTC buses in 2013-14, now DTC is left with just about 3600 buses). He said that over 15 lakh private vehicles have been registered in Delhi, and these vehicles are a major source of pollution in the Capital. He said that the Arvind Government unduly delayed Phase III of Delhi Metro, and Phase IV is also running far behind schedule, with the Delhi Government failing to apply its mind in any of these compelling issues by remaining in inertia.

Shri Haroon Yusuf that there are 13 thermal power plants at a radius of 300 kilometres in Delhi, which belch out toxic fumes, adding to the air pollution, but not equipped these power plants with devices to control the dangerous smokes emanating from these plants. He said that due to severe shortage of staff, the Delhi Pollution Control Board has not been functioning effectively.

Shri Haroon Yusuf, who was also the Transport Minister of Delhi, said that the Congress Government had converted the entire DTC fleet into CNG fuel, which banished air pollution, besides making Delhi kerosene-free. He said that Congress had left behind one of the greenest and best cities in the world in all the parameters, but now Delhi figures at the worst position, whether it was in air pollution, Covid surge, polluted water, garbage pile-up, lack of sanitation, mountainous garbage dumps, and depleting green cover. He countered Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain’s claim that Covid positivity rate was coming down, asking if the spread of the infection is coming down, how come the Containment Zones are going up?

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