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KejriwalInterviewBy NewsGram Staff Writer

Days after scrapping the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said his government was not against it, but that it needed to be properly implemented.

“We scrapped the BRT because it was not implemented properly. We are not against the BRT system but it has to be implemented properly. It has been successfully implemented in various parts of the world. We will do it in Delhi as well,” Kejriwal said during a conference on Delhi Transport Vision at the Delhi Secretariat.

The Delhi government last week junked the controversial BRT corridor — a much-vaunted project of the previous Sheila Dikshit-led Congress government — following public demand and increasing accidents on the stretch.

“We will implement the BRT with proper planning and in a better manner. We need to create such a public transport system which could be used by every section of society including the poor and rich,” he said.

Kejriwal said there was a huge gap between demand and supply in terms of public transport, which gave rise to other modes of transport like e-rickshaws.

“We need to work on five things — availability, easy access, punctuality, reliability and information (pertaining to bus service) — in view of making the public transport system better,” he said.

The conference, where experts from various departments like transport, traffic, DDA, PWD, environment and science also participated, focussed on how public transport could be made better in the capital.

Later addressing a press conference, Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said the government would ponder over how the BRT could be implemented properly in the city.

“We will see how and where it can be introduced properly. If needed, we will also take help from the Ahmedabad BRT model,” Rai said.

Stressing the need of better public transport in Delhi, he said the government had come up with a proposal to form a United Multimodal Transport Authority (UMTA) for coordination among various concerned departments.

“Coordination among all the concerned authorities is very much needed for providing better, safe and pollution free public transport. UMTA will ensure coordination among the concerned departments and also review the progress of the projects,” he added.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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Gopal Rai, Member of AAP Government
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The Delhi government on Sunday said it is seeking legal advice on the further course of action after the Delhi High Court quashed its notification on minimum wages.

Expressing his disappointment over the Court’s decision, Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai said that the government is studying the verdict and “will arrive at a conclusion on how to ensure the implementation of revised higher minimum wages” for workers in all categories.

“I have convened a meeting of the Labour Department on Monday to decide the future course of action, including the next legal remedy available to the government,” Rai said.

AAP Government seeking legal help after Delhi High Court quashed minimum wages verdict
AAP Government seeking legal help after Delhi High Court quashed minimum wages verdict. 

The Delhi High Court on Saturday quashed two notifications, issued last year by the Delhi Government, relating to revision of minimum wages for all classes of workmen in all scheduled employments by calling it “completely flawed”.

“The constitution of the committee was completely flawed and its advice was not based on relevant material and suffers from non-application of mind,” the bench said while setting aside the Delhi government notification setting up the advisory panel on minimum wages.

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“The government’s decision based on such advice is in violation of the statutory provision, principles of natural justice, denies fair representation to the employers as well as the employees… in fact it is even without any effort to gather relevant material and information,” the bench had said. (IANS)