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Centre, AAP join hands for a clean Delhi

Despite the Swachh Delhi Abhiyan, garbage seen dumped at Kewal Park in Delhi.— Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma  

In a boost to development works in the national Capital, the Union Urban Development Ministry has announced a Rs.3,250 crore package for decongesting Delhi. Moving beyond political rivalries, the Centre and the Aam Aadmi Party government, along with the BJP-ruled municipal corporations, took a step together on Sunday towards making Delhi a “World Class” city.

Hailing the “true spirit of co-operative federalism”, Union UD minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and Chief Minister Arvind Kejirwal launched the Delhi version of Swachhta Abhiyan (cleanliness drive) on Sunday, where the former also sanctioned another package of Rs.96.7 crore to the State government.

“This is not BJP or AAP team, but ‘Team India’. This initiative is unique as all the three levels of governance — Centre, Delhi administration and urban local bodies — have decided to work in tandem to rid Delhi, which is a mini India, of filth, garbage and other waste,” Mr. Naidu said at the launch. The ‘Swachch Delhi Abhiyan’ would be observed till November 30.

Reciprocating the gesture, CM Kejriwal disbursed the received amount to the three municipal corporations at the event itself.

He took the opportunity to point it out to the UD minister that Delhi is lagging behind on development and cleanliness owing to “multiplicity of authority”.

Giving the example of the functioning of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, he said, “Our priority includes cleaning the city and cleaning Yamuna. But, as long as there is multiplicity, Yamuna cannot be cleaned in even a 100 years. So if work is streamlined like it happens in DMRC, a lot of our work will be simplified. Delhi will be a cleaner place much faster.” Mr. Naidu, however, highlighted that the city is far behind its target of having 1.25 lakh toilets within four years. “As many as 1.25 lakh individual household toilets are to be built by 2019, but work in this regard is still to commence. I request the CM to please look into this matter,” he said. As against the target of construction of 11,138 community and public toilets, the Delhi government has so far repaired and constructed 5,776 seats so far.

Civic bodies happy

The BJP and the three municipal corporations on Sunday welcomed the grants announced by Union Urban Development Minister, M. Venkaiah Naidu. The leaders said the money would help in quick completion of a number of pending infrastructure works.

“These funds would now help in completing Tees Hazari-Rani Jhansi Road flyover, Rail Under bridge at Holambi Kalan, Rail bridges at Mundka & Narela, Tunnel Road near Outer Delhi’s Meer Vihar and Bhagya Vihar apart from also benefiting the Dwarka express way,” said Ravinder Gupta, mayor, North Delhi Municipal Corporation.

Welcoming the package, Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay said, “The grant has been given by the Union government to the Kejriwal government and D.D.A. as part of its commitment towards the spirit of Team India. Delhi has been benefited today by the pledge of Modi government to strengthen the federal democracy.”

The Centre, Delhi administration and urban local bodies have decided to work in tandem to rid Delhi of filth, garbage and other waste, Mr. Naidu said

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