Ex-Delhi env secy slams AAP govt’s move to scrap BRT cor­ri­dor

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

NEW DELHI: A se­nior bu­reau­crat, who was the pre­vi­ous en­vi­ron­ment sec­re­tary of Delhi, has crit­i­cised the AAP gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to dis­man­tle the BRT cor­ri­dor, as­sert­ing it was the “most pro­gres­sive” step to fight air pol­lu­tion in the city. Ke­shav Chan­dra, who has twice held the post of Delhi’s en­vi­ron­ment sec­re­tary, said the de­ci­sion to scrap the 5.8-km­long stretch was an act of pan­der­ing to the opin­ion of a vo­cal mid­dle class, which has a“strong sense of en­ti­tle­ment ”.“The fault was not with the de­sign. There was a com­mu­ni­ca­tion gap. It was mainly due to a strong sense of en­ti­tle­ment of the mid­dle class. This class has a stronger voice,” Chan­dra said on Fri­day while de­liv­er­ing a talk on the pol­lu­tion cri­sis as part of the ‘Delhi Mat­ters’ se­ries.

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