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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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President Kovind approves recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs

In a quick follow to EC's recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs, President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the disqualification

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  • President Kovind approved the EC’s recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs
  • EC had recommended the disqualification on the charges of holding ‘Office of Profit’
  • Union Law and Justice Ministry has issued a notification regarding the disqualification

President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in Delhi on charges of holding Office of Profit, an official spokesman of the Rashtrapathi Bhavan said on Sunday.

Following the approval, the Union Law and Justice Ministry issued a notification saying that the President has held that the 20 members of Delhi Legislative Assembly stand disqualified under 15 (1) (a) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) act.

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These 20 MLAs are Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and Jarnail Singh.

Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs comes as a big blow for Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia commons
Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs comes as a big blow for Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia commons

The Election Commission on Friday recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries.

It gave its opinion to the President on a complaint by advocate Prashant Patel, a member of the Hindu Legal Cell, in June 2015, who petitioned then President Pranab Mukherjee alleging illegality in the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries.

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The application by Patel said 21 AAP MLAs, including Jarnail Singh (Rajouri Garden) who resigned to contest the Punjab Assembly polls last year, were appointed Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers in the Delhi government in violation of the Constitution. (IANS)

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