Delhi minister said, “Shift to public transport… to hire 1000 buses”

Delhi has proposed weekend lockdown and work from home for government and private offices.

New Delhi:

The Arvind Kejriwal government today urged the people of Delhi to use public transport to help curb pollution and said it would hire 1000 private buses for a month to strengthen the transport system. The government is under pressure over the national capital’s toxic air crisis, which has forced schools to close, and has suggested the Supreme Court extend a weekend lockdown and work from home for a week. The matter is now in the hands of the court, the Delhi government has said.

Delhi minister Gopal Rai earlier told NDTV that he has proposed a lockdown over the weekend. Work from home has been suggested for government and private offices. “Our strategy will now depend on the directions of the court,” Rai had said.

Today, in a series of tweets, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said that the Delhi government has started the process of hiring 1,000 private buses for a month.

“To prevent vehicular pollution, Delhiites are requested to shift from private vehicles to public transport. To increase public transport, Delhi government is in the process of hiring around 1000 private buses for a period of 1 month. ” ,

β€œTo improve the COVID situation and control pollution from private vehicles, we have moved a proposal with DDMA to allow standing passengers in buses and Delhi Metro, to modify the existing order. I am all Request Delhiites to cooperate and shift to public transport,” read another tweet.

The emergency meeting on pollution control was held today following the Supreme Court’s order, which asked the central and state governments to work out the lack of any concrete measures to control the pre-winter pollution surge, which is a major problem in Delhi. Has become an annual feature. ,

The court had said, “The central government, NCR region will consider work from home for one week for its employees. Lame excuses will compel us to do a proper audit of the revenue you are earning and spend on popular slogans.” are doing.”

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