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Delhi marks second car free day and start of ‘Swachh’ campaign

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By Tarun Pratap

New Delhi: Delhi is observing its second car free day on Sunday, November 22. It is being organized between Dwarka sector 3-13 and 7-9 from 8 AM to 4 PM.

On October 22nd, Delhi had its first car-free day and it had successful results as there was 60 per cent decline in Delhi’s pollution.

The other positive was less traffic. People waste so much of time in traffic which is the extra burden on a working person, especially as the traveling time is not counted anywhere.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged people to be a part of the initiative on Twitter. He also declared that next month car free day will be observed in east Delhi areas and on 22nd January, whole Delhi will have car free day.

Today will also mark the start of ‘Swachh Delhi’ campaign. Its mobile app had received 1500 complaints by the morning.

The app was launched to receive complaints. Delhi will have intense cleanliness campaign from 22nd to 30th November. All a user has to do is upload the picture of garbage wherever he sees and the government will take action.

The pollution in Delhi has been a huge problem and with it, comes the rise of many diseases. The city has been reported as one of the most polluted in the world.

The traffic also is an issue, as traveling in Delhi takes up so much of time even though millions are commuting through the metro.

The number of cars parked in any residential area tells the story. Half of the area of the roads is blocked by the parked cars.

With population increasing all the time, it is natural that personal vehicles would increase. However, there are people who possess way more automobiles than they need. It is also the mark of a high class citizen, and the desire to be at higher social status is one reason for rising number of vehicles.

There has been a push to encourage people for carpooling. While, the concerns regarding environment are the priority, but the saved time is the big bonus.

Climate change has been a big topic in the world. Every little effort makes an important difference and the initiative of the car-free day and Swachh Delhi are good steps from Delhi government. All that is required now is that support from the citizen.

Another requirement is a follow-up from the government. It should not happen that for these 10 days the government shows immense pro-activeness and results are seen, but soon after that, things start running in their old ways again. If a plan is initiated then it should be completely taken care of.

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Kejriwal exposed as a liar: BJP leader

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology

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  • Arvind Kejriwal apologised to Bikram Singh Majithia
  • BJP leader says that this apology established himself
  • BJP also alleged that Kejriwal did nothing while state aced so many problems

A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging that he was involved in the drug trade, the BJP Delhi unit on Friday said he has exposed himself as a “liar”.

The BJP also alleged that he was doing nothing even while the people of the national capital were facing a number of issues due to sealing.

Arvind Kejriwal apologized to Bikram Singh Majithia. IANS

Addressing a press conference here, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi unit President Manoj Tiwari said: ” What we have been saying for long has been proved today. He is a liar. He has apologised to Majithia for making false allegations against him.”

“He is on his way to apologise to (Union Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley ji and (Union Transport Minister) Nitin Gadkari ji for making false allegations,” the BJP leader said. Kejriwal is facing defamation cases in court for levelling allegations against Jaitley and Gadkari.

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief on Thursday apologised to the Shiromani Akali Dal leader in Punjab for making allegations of involvement in the drug trade, following which the latter said that he will withdraw a defamation suit filed in an Amristar court.

Tiwari, who represents the northeast Delhi constituency in the Lok Sabha, accused Kejriwal of misleading the people over the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital.

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta accused the AAP chief of only rendering “lip service” on the sealing drive and urged the Chief Minister to hold an all-party meeting with the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring committee overseeing the drive.

“Since December last, Kejriwal is only doing lip service on the issue of sealing drive. He has done nothing to stop it,” Gupta, the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, said.

He said that though Lt Governor Anil Baijal cleared the file for notifying 351 roads in the capital on February 8, the matter is still pending. “Why hasn’t he (Kejriwal) notified the 351 roads in the last 45 days?” Gupta asked.

BJP leaders are calling this apology a gimmick.

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology. Gupta warned the Monitoring Committee members not to act outside the law and said: “If the monitoring committee acts against law, then the BJP will oppose it.”

“We are going to inform the three municipal corporations of Delhi not to follow the commands of the Monitoring Committee if it goes against the law,” he said. “The MCDs should approach the court and also make Kejriwal a party,” the BJP leader added. IANS