Delhi Cong to take up green issues
NEW DELHI: The Delhi Pradesh Congress this year would focus on the issue of environment for the coming Lok Sabha election. The sources in the party said that it has already started its ground level communication work in the party. To reach out to the workers and to strengthen the party before the election, thousands of Congress workers, under the leadership of DPCC president Ajay Maken, took out a protest march on Thursday.
"The main reason for the rise in the pollution levels in Delhi is due to the worsening condition of public transport as the CM Kejriwal Government has not added a single bus to the DTC fleet, instead 1500 buses have vanished from the fleet which were left behind by the previous Congress Government, ," said Maken.
He said that during the Congress regime, there were 45 lakh passenger trips per day which have came down to 25 lakh passenger trips per day under the rule of the Kejriwal Government.
Sources in the party said that the central leadership, research teams and the state leadership have found that the environment would be an issue which is well aware but less discussed in the electoral politics. "Environment is a major issue in Delhi and the people are realising the condition every day. We want to bring this issue to the election manifesto and work is going on. The final decision is pending but we want to bring the issue of the environment as a priority," said a source in the party.
Meanwhile, Maken said mentioned that the EPCA (Environment Pollution Control Authority) has recommended that non-CNG personal vehicles should be stopped from plying on Delhi roads, and if that happens, Delhi will come to a standstill, and there will be unemployment.
He added that during the 15-year rule, Congress had increased the green cover by 22 per cent to keep air pollution in check. It also initiated other steps like introducing CNG to run buses, autos and taxis.