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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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BJP Holds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization
The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization

The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.

“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.

The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.

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“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.

Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.

“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”

Arvind Kejriwal giving speech suring chanda bandh satyagrah
Arvind Kejriwal giving speech during chanda bandh satyagrah

He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.

A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.

The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)