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New Radio Taxi Scheme for capital in next 10 days

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Delhi government taking cognizance over the PILs informed Delhi High Court about enacting a new radio taxi scheme for the operation of taxis in the capital in the next 10 days. The PILs filed in the court were alleging violation of the Supreme Court directive on running radio taxis in the country.

The AAP government on Tuesday informed the court that the new scheme will make it mandatory for taxi operators to install a panic button and equip the cabs with GPS.

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In its reply directed to Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath, the government insisted on safety and better comfort of women and other passengers. They said that the newly modified scheme will also encourage last mile connectivity in minimal fare. The proposal will bound taxi operators to setup a call centre for looking into public grievances.

Additional standing counsel Naushad Ahmed Khan representing the government in the court said that the new norms will make the creation of a driver database system necessary, which will include all the information about the driver and his vehicle. The same would be shared with the passengers on demand from the call centre.

The scheme will also include strict norms on the operation of diesel taxis and on complying eco-safety rules. It would also be applicable to app-based taxi operators Uber, Ola, and Taxi for Sure.

 

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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)