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Swaraj India slams Delhi government moves on pollution

The Swaraj India party on Saturday hit out at Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party government’s knee-jerk reactions to tackle the pollution menace instead of taking long term institutional measures.

“I am not, in principle, opposed to odd-even scheme as and when it is required but Delhi’s public transport is in shambles. Our national capital not even has 3,000 buses as against a requirement of 10,000. The government has not yet been able to make provisions for last mile connectivity even after making promises in its election manifesto. There has been no policy measure to promote non-motorised transport in the capital,” said its Delhi unit chief Anupam.

He said that the situation became worse as Delhi Metro fares have been hiked twice in just six months.

Anupam said it was possible that the ongoing pollution crisis will end soon but hoped that the AAP government doesn’t forget to take up solid long-term comprehensive measures, “otherwise Delhi will be forced to face such a crisis” every year.