Delhi Govt Announces Citizen Welfare Services
As the Arvind Kejriwal-led government completed three years in the national capital, several debates took place across the city on the hits and misses of the most popular state governments in India. In a press conference organised to mark the celebration, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a slew of new measures and reiterated the track record of past projects to woo Delhiites once again while the citizens were asked live questions via social media sites.
MakaanIQ takes a look at the past three years and what lies ahead when the state goes for election again in the next two years:
While Delhi’s infrastructure is Central government’s subject, physical and social infrastructure in unauthorised colonies has always remained a high priority for the state government. Though no new colonies have been regularised since 2012, the AAP government has begun to identify such colonies. Apart from this, the colonies legalised earlier have no basic infrastructure so far. The CM has announced the target of finishing drainage work, sewer lines and water pipelines in all colonies by December 2018.
Apart from this, the Rs 5,000-crore plan to redesign and decongest 10 key roads is stuck in bureaucratic formalities. The idea is to build the north-south (Wazirabad to the airport) and the east-west (Anand Vihar to Peeragarhi) corridors that would enhance connectivity in the national capital.
Public service delivery and easy documentation
In a first, the Delhi government plans to deliver public services at doorstep. Birth, death, income, caste certificate, driving license and ration to card holders will be delivered at doorstep. Apart from this, 200 categories of affidavits sought by various departments, local bodies and other organisations have been junked.
While the Yamuna rejuvenation scheme has been implemented for years, nothing concrete has been done on the ground. The AAP government, too, promised to develop a five-km riverfront on the Yamuna but no solid step has been taken yet. Recently Delhi government has asked the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to send a proposal to develop green cover along the banks of the Yamuna.
There is no increase in the fleet of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses in past three years. But 2,000 buses are likely to be rolled out by the end of this year. Moreover, the Delhi government has announced free travel for senior citizens in all the DTC buses but the last mile connectivity still remains a challenge.
While there have been enough measures taken by the Delhi government to control air quality including the odd-even formula, there are mild results visible as of now. In the event, the Delhi CM has announced to set up air pollution monitoring machine that would tell the source of the pollution in all season. Tree plantation drive would be commenced soon to control the quality of air. They will also undertake landscaping on the sides of all roads over 100-feet wide to prevent loose dust from spreading. This would cover nearly 500 km of roads.
With inputs from Housing News