Ke­jri Talks of PM Stand on Pe­riph­eral Ex­press­ways

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Show­ing a rare una­nim­ity be­tween the Cen­tre and Delhi govern­ments on a pol­icy is­sue, CM Arvind Ke­jri­wal on Tues­day evening re­vealed how Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi had him­self sought to ex­pe­dite a project which will help ad­dress ris­ing air pol­lu­tion across the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion.

Speak­ing at a con­fer­ence on air pol­lu­tion or­ga­nized by the Cen­tre for Sci­ence and En­vi­ron­ment, Ke­jri­wal was de­tail­ing mea­sures taken for ad­dress­ing pol­lu­tion which em­anates from trucks pass­ing through Delhi, but are des­tined to­wards lo­ca­tions out­side the na­tional cap­i­tal. In this con­text, he men­tioned meet­ing with union trans­port min­is­ter Nitin Gad­kari. “Good news is that I met Gad­kar­iji a few days back…east and west pe­riph­eral (ex­press­ways) are be­ing con­structed out­side Delhi. Two roads will com­pletely by­pass Delhi...,” he in­formed.

Adding fur­ther, the CM in­formed the di­rect in­ter­est shown by PM. “He (Gad­kari) told me that the Prime Min­is­ter has given him a tar­get that the East and West pe­riph­er­als should be com­plete in 400 days. I hope by next year, if they are com­pleted, then I think al­most 50% truck traf­fic will travel from out­side. It is said that a large por­tion of pol­lu­tion is on ac­count of th­ese trucks which en­ter Delhi...,” said Ke­jri­wal.

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