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Corruption free Delhi: Anti-graft helpline makes its first arrest, 3 in custody

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Aam Aadmi Party’s efforts towards making Delhi a corruption free city have started showing results.  Three persons were taken to the custody for allegedly taking bribe by the Anti Crime Branch (ACB) yesterday. It is the first arrest related to any complaint made by newly re-launched anti-graft helpline in Delhi.

According to ACB, a complaint was lodged by a caller on anti-graft (1031) helpline claiming that bribe was being taken at the entry gate of Azadpur Mandi for allowing trucks to enter inside with valid entry pass.

“The caller was asked to do a sting and after that a team of 15-18 officers carried out a raid around 1:30 a.m and found out that there were 20,000 trucks in the queue,” an official said.

ACB verified the details of the complaint and arrested three people including one government employee.

“A security-in-charge and two contractual workers were arrested who used to take huge amount of money depending on the urgency and cost of consignment in the truck,” an official said, and added, “These were the first three arrests made upon the complaint by anti-graft helpline.”

According to the government, within 100 hours of its launch, the helpline answered a total of 32,489 telephone calls out of which only 70 were found to be serious and they were forwarded to ACB for investigation.

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Delhi Government Gives Nod To a Project to Create Reservoirs in Yamuna Flood Plain

The Delhi Cabinet, in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Wednesday approved the inter-departmental committee report

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The pilot for the project, which has the potential for ending Delhi's water shortage, particularly during summer months, is aimed to start in a month's time. Pixabay

To achieve self-sufficiency of water, the Delhi government on Wednesday gave its nod to a project to create reservoirs in the Yamuna flood plain by store overflowing water from the river during the monsoon season, an official statement said.

The pilot for the project, which has the potential for ending Delhi’s water shortage, particularly during summer months, is aimed to start in a month’s time, the statement said.

The Delhi Cabinet, in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Wednesday approved the inter-departmental committee report on the project.

The report recommended that an amount of Rs 77,000 per acre should be paid to the farmers for leasing their land for the pilot project.

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To achieve self-sufficiency of water, the Delhi government on Wednesday gave its nod to a project to create reservoirs in the Yamuna flood plain by store overflowing water from the river. Pixabay

“The farmers will get the sum according to the number of acres of land they give the government on lease for the pilot project,” the government said.

The government claims that the pilot project will prove to be a game-changer not only for Delhi, but for the whole country which is facing huge water crisis in different parts.

It also said the project is first of its kind in the country.

“The important project aims at conserving water in the Yamuna floodplains and creating a mega reservoir between Palla and Wazirabad to deal with the water shortage in Delhi, particularly during summer months,” the government said.

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The project envisages creation of small ponds in the floodplains which will catch overflows from the Yamuna during the monsoon.

“Most of the approvals have been received for the pilot project, barring two from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) committees, which are expected very soon,” it said.

Kejriwal also thanked Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat for the quick approvals by the Centre for the project and cooperation Delhi received from Centre for the pilot project. (IANS)