Pollution, Yamuna top agenda for AAP govt1 min read . Updated: 17 Feb 2020, 10:16 PM IST
- AAP wants to reduce pollution by 300% in next five years
- The party also released a 28-point manifesto that promised doorstep delivery of subsidised grocery
NEW DELHI : Tackling air pollution, cleaning the Yamuna river through sewage treatment, and making Delhi safer for women by engaging community marshals top the agenda of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi in its third term.
“We want to reduce pollution by 300% in the next five years. We want to clean the Yamuna river by creating a sewage treatment plant, establishing interceptors and reviving water bodies across Delhi," said AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj, the member of the legislative assembly (MLA) from Greater Kailash, as chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet took charge on Monday.
Among ministers sworn in on Sunday, Satyendar Jain was on Monday given charge of the Delhi Jal Board, while Gopal Rai was assigned environment and Rajendra Pal Gautam was given the woman and child development portfolio.
AAP released a 10-point ‘guarantee card’ during its campaign, which included reducing air pollution by a third, ensuring continuous piped drinking water supply, and building houses for people living in jhuggi jhopri colonies. The party also released a 28-point manifesto that promised doorstep delivery of subsidised grocery, 24-hour shopping areas in the national capital, and ₹1 crore compensation for the kin of sanitation workers who die on duty.
Air pollution was a key issue in the run up to the election as Delhi suffers from hazardous levels of pollution, especially during the winter. The guarantee card said AAP, if elected to rule for the third time, will reduce pollution by a third, plant 20 million trees, clean the river Yamuna and improve security for women.
“A safer city will be created for women by extending the concept of bus marshals to mohalla marshals. It will be a security layer between the police and the citizens, which will make the city safer for women and senior citizens. This will be in place day and night," Bharadwaj said.
Meanwhile, a senior AAP leader who did not want to be identified justified the absence of any new faces in the Delhi cabinet. “All the cabinet ministers have been retained because people have voted for the work they have seen in the previous term. We want to hit the ground running. These ministers have been working in their respective sectors and will pick up from where they left," said the leader.