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Why Aam Aadmi Party MLAs are cleaning the roads in Delhi?

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

On Sunday, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)  hit streets cleaning the garbage as a mark of protest over the on-going strike by safai karamcharis (cleanliness staff) who are resenting non-payment of salaries by BJP-controlled MCD.

“BJP-ruled municipal corporations have failed to pay salaries to safai karmcharis which has led to a strike by them. The irresponsible attitude of BJP-run municipal corporations has turned Delhi into a heap of garbage. The situation has worsened in the past couple of days but the BJP has turned a blind eye,” said AAP in a statement.

AAP MLA from Karawal Nagar  Kapil Mishra, along with Gokal Puri MLA Fateh Singh, Ghonda MLA Shridutt Sharma, Seemapuri MLA Rajendra Gautam, Rohtas Nagar MLA Sarita Singh and Seelampur MLA Haji Bhure carried out a cleanliness drive in Seemapuri area.

MLA Kapil Mishra said “It is also unfortunate that corporations’ own direct source of income, that is property tax, is in miserable state. The collection of legitimate revenue is hampered due to corruption and inefficiency. They have also failed to systematically enhance their revenues.”

The Karawal Nagar MLA said if Delhi is included in ‘terms of reference’ of Central Finance Commissions, then these Corporations of Delhi will get increased revenues.

“Similar revenue received by corporations of Haryana and Punjab (neighboring states) by virtue of being included in terms of reference of Central Finance Commissions is 600 crores approximately. Our advice to corporators will be: stop politicizing this issue and ask the central government which is run by its own party to remit this amount to Delhi,” he added.

A similar exercise was also carried out in Mayur Vihar Phase 3 of East Delhi where party legislators Raju Dhingan (Trilokpuri), Manoj Kumar (Kondli), Nitin Tyagi (Laxmi Nagar) participated in the cleanliness drive.

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Delhi Breathes Hazardous Air, Once Again

It has predicted a "no significant improvement" in the air that we breathe, at least immediately

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Toxic high pollution in the Delhi-NCR is not only taking a toll on people's health but is also adversely affecting their skin. Pixabay

Delhi on Monday woke up to hazardous levels of air quality, once again, with the index hitting a whopping 582.

Delhi’s overall pm 2.5 level reached a maximum of 555, while pm 10 levels reached a maximum of 695. Both are prime indicators of how bad or good the air quality is.

Meanwhile, AQI levels in suburban Noida also touched 444 which is unhealthy, but Gurugram remained relatively better at 282, which is also unhealthy.

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The AQI index of Delhi is at emergency levels. Pixabay

The Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) on Sunday advised Delhites to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. “Take more breaks and do less intense activities. Asthmatics, keep medicine ready if symptoms of coughing or shortness of breath occur. Heart patients, see a doctor if you get palpitations, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue,” it said in an advisory.

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SAFAR in its air quality forecast said: “Under the calm, cold and moist conditions, dense fog is likely for the next 24 hours. Few biomass fire counts are observed, no significant biomass fire pm 2.5 contribution is expected in the coming days.” It has predicted a “no significant improvement” in the air that we breathe, at least immediately. (IANS)

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