Kejriwal's ill advised move for industrial park in Delhi
Delhi is now considered to be one of the most polluted cities in the world. Obviously, what is needed to reduce the pollution load in the city is to decongest the population to the extent possible, by launching imaginative schemes to make it attractive and possible for people to move out of Delhi.
Instead of thinking and acting on such pragmatic strategies, Kejriwal appears to be keen to promote industrial park in Rani Khera area In West Delhi, by occupying 147 acres of land to construct a huge building complex that would cost around Rs.3098 cr. for housing many offices and other commercial activities.
When concerned people met him carrying with them the signatures of 5000 citizens of Delhi opposing his move to construct industrial park and asking for construction of an eco friendly bio diversity park, Kejriwal appears to have rejected the suggestions outright and with amazing short sighteness ,he was reported to have said that he would take ultimate decision after consulting with 'Mohulla sabha'.
Certainly, it is clear now that Kejriwal is running out of ideas. His recent move for odd-even vehicle movement in Delhi is a careless step, that has yielded no results, as expected. What is required is to de congest the vehicle population in Delhi by totally denying registrations for new cars and two wheelers for another 3 years until the pollution load would diminish to acceptable level and imposing ban on old vehicles that do not have the required eco standards..
Kejriwal has targeted the cars, while the number one pollutant in Delhi is dust, number 2 bei ng trucks and number 3 being the two wheelers. He has not found any tangible solution with his odd even s cheme.
While this is so, he wants to go ahead with his industrial park plan arguing that it would promote employment and bring revenue to the state. It is surprising that Kejriwal has not understood that with employment generation that would attract more people from outside Delhi, pollution load will also further increase ,that Delhi cannot afford. Instead of trying to find solution for pollution problem, he is adding to it by launching an industrial park.
Certainly, there is strong case for the concerned citizens in Delhi who understand the grave nature of the ecological issues, to organise themselves and launch a strong campaign to ensure that Kejriwal would give up this ill advised industrial park proposal. The campaign should demand that the 147 acre of land should be converted to a bio diversity park, which can be a healthy ecological hub for Delhi city, that Delhi needs desperately.
The consequence of constructing a massive industrial park in Delhi is too serious from the ecological point of view, to be ignored. There is urgent need for vigorous public protest to save Delhi from one more step towards ecological disaster.
Nandini Voice for the Deprived