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Delhi government did not spend a penny from environment cess


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Delhi government did not spend a penny from environment cess

2017-12-11 20:10:28

Delhi government did not spend a penny from environment cess

The News Bureau

Even as an RTI query revealed that the Kejriwal government did not spend even a rupee out of the Rs 787 crore it collected as environment cess since January this year, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) blamed the Centre for blocking projects.

The government said it spent Rs 93 lakh of the cess in 2016, but there was "no mention of any expenditure" in 2017. The AAP government came under attack frm the opposition parties following the revelation.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken slammed the city government and said they could have bought new buses with this money and also augmented total parking capacity of the bus depots. Lashing out at Kejriwal, Maken said: "Instead of using the money which is lying idle, he is busy aiming at other state governments and the Centre instead of doing his bit."

Maken said Kejriwal could have purchased road vacuum cleaners, as the dust "is the single-biggest contributory factor for air pollution" in Delhi. "When we were in power, the strength of the DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) was 5,445 buses, which has now gone down to 3,951 buses. There has been a shortfall of 1,500 buses in three years," he said.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) instead blamed the central government for its failure to spend Rs 787 crore of environmental cess and accused it of blocking the projects to control pollution. AAP's chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said they never said that the Delhi government had shortage of funds.

"Though government wanted to purchase buses, but the central government did not allot land for bus depots," he said.He also said that the government had approached the central government for permission for aerial sprinkling of water to control pollution and was even ready to spend the money.

Bharadwaj told The News that the government had been taking other measures like spraying of water on roads to control dust, but environment cess was not being utilised for it and was being done using other funds.

When asked about other pollution control measures like installation of air purifiers and vacuum cleaning of roads, the leader said that both options were looked into, but they were not found feasible.Meanwhile, the Delhi government said it had prepared a one-year short-term plan to tackle air pollution.

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Delhi government did not spend a penny from environment cess

2017-12-11 20:10:28

The News Bureau

Even as an RTI query revealed that the Kejriwal government did not spend even a rupee out of the Rs 787 crore it collected as environment cess since January this year, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) blamed the Centre for blocking projects.

The government said it spent Rs 93 lakh of the cess in 2016, but there was "no mention of any expenditure" in 2017. The AAP government came under attack frm the opposition parties following the revelation.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken slammed the city government and said they could have bought new buses with this money and also augmented total parking capacity of the bus depots. Lashing out at Kejriwal, Maken said: "Instead of using the money which is lying idle, he is busy aiming at other state governments and the Centre instead of doing his bit."

Maken said Kejriwal could have purchased road vacuum cleaners, as the dust "is the single-biggest contributory factor for air pollution" in Delhi. "When we were in power, the strength of the DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) was 5,445 buses, which has now gone down to 3,951 buses. There has been a shortfall of 1,500 buses in three years," he said.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) instead blamed the central government for its failure to spend Rs 787 crore of environmental cess and accused it of blocking the projects to control pollution. AAP's chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said they never said that the Delhi government had shortage of funds.

"Though government wanted to purchase buses, but the central government did not allot land for bus depots," he said.He also said that the government had approached the central government for permission for aerial sprinkling of water to control pollution and was even ready to spend the money.

Bharadwaj told The News that the government had been taking other measures like spraying of water on roads to control dust, but environment cess was not being utilised for it and was being done using other funds.

When asked about other pollution control measures like installation of air purifiers and vacuum cleaning of roads, the leader said that both options were looked into, but they were not found feasible.Meanwhile, the Delhi government said it had prepared a one-year short-term plan to tackle air pollution.