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Kejriwal writes to PM Modi, seeks help for odd-even formula

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New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday sought cooperation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to implement the odd-even formula aimed at reducing the number of vehicles on Delhi’s roads.

In a letter in Hindi to Modi, Kejriwal urged the prime minister to tell all his ministers and secretaries in the ministries to help implement the radical step that is aimed battling rising pollution in the capital.

He said the implementation of the proposed plan between January 1 and 15 will benefit if the prime minister issued the necessary direction or appeal.

Here’s the full transcript of the letter:

Honourable Prime Ministerji,

As you are aware that pollution has become a menace to the people of Delhi. We all are responsible for the issue and together we will have to find a solution to it.

In this direction, the Delhi government is taking many steps. One of the important decisions is to limit the number of vehicles on Delhi roads. In this regard, we have on an experimental basis taken a decision to implement the odd-even formula for the plying of motor cars between January 1-15, that is, in this period on one day only odd numbered cars will be allowed, while on another day only even numbered cars will be permitted. For the proper implementation of the plan, a detailed strategy is being chalked out. However, one thing is certain this rule will not be applicable on taxis, autos, public vehicles, ambulances and other emergency vehicles.

We are taking this unexpected and unpopular decision to reduce pollution in Delhi. Certainly, many people will have to face inconvenience because of this. But I believe this step to rid Delhi of pollution will be supported by one and all. In the case of favourable outcomes, we can repeat the odd-even formula. In this period, I and my colleagues will follow the plan and use car pooling to travel in the city. 

Through this letter, I urge you to motivate your ministers and supporters to adhere to the odd-even formula. In this manner, a good message will go out to the people of Delhi, giving strength to our efforts.

I am convinced if you would issue necessary instructions in this regard, it would have a significant impact in the country.

Thank you

Arvind Kejriwal

(With inputs from agencies)

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AAP party making homeless feel the brunt of winters

The problem is acuter for the women and kids, who have no place to hide themselves from the exceptional cold wave of winter.

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According to a survey conducted by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) in 2014, the national capital has around 16,000 homeless people. Wikimedia Commons
According to a survey conducted by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) in 2014, the national capital has around 16,000 homeless people. Wikimedia Commons

NEW DELHI: The whole of India is reeling under the intense wave of cold and especially the NCR region which is heavily bogged down by the fog blanket. People can be seen wrapped in heavy woolens and are turning up to bonfires to keep themselves warm. Many trains are also getting delayed almost an everyday basis due to the heavy fog.

The cold wave has started taking a toll on the people and Surviving the harsh weather condition is becoming a grim reality for many. The cold is intense and becoming unbearable for the people who are sleeping in open. Due to it, many homeless and poor people are taking the direct hit of cold weather in Delhi.

According to a survey conducted by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) in 2014, the national capital has around 16,000 homeless people. But the social activists deny these figures and state it to be around two lakh.

Also according to another report by Hindustan Times, the DUSIB’s winter action plan 2017-18 for night shelters was rolled out on November 15. But the ground realities are quite different from the claims made by the Arvind Kejriwal led party.

The minimum temperature recorded at 4.2 degree Celsius, three notches below the season’s average. The bone-chilling cold has brought many people to their knees and there is nothing much that they can do. According to police records, in the last six days, 44 people have already lost their lives due the bitter winter.

The huge promises of AAP party don’t seem to be fulfilled that they boasted during the time of election campaigns. One of the agenda that Arvind Kejriwal took up during election time was the rehabilitation of homeless people in makeover sheds. But the death count of people in the last 6 days has really brought the question of ethics and principals that was the prime agenda of AAP party.

In one of the recent tweets, former AAP party member, Kapil Sharma has exposed the filthy politics of Arvind Kejriwal.

The terribly cold nights on footpaths and open grounds are the only options left for homeless people. The Delhi government should come up with something substantial as the winter is already turning out to be too dangerous.

The problem is acuter for the women and kids, who have no place to hide themselves from the exceptional cold wave of winter.

Last year, following the demolition of the homeless shelter by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed his concern over the issue and assured that there will be makeshift habitats for poor people. But till now nothing has been done from the government side to subdue the problem.

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