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Delhi govt to spend Rs 2388 cr to clean city roads, plug air pollution, ET Infra


<p>India is 8th most polluted country in world, Delhi 4th most polluted city.</p>
India is 8th most polluted country in world, Delhi 4th most polluted city.

Taking cue from the Centre’s flagship Smart City mission programme to strengthen key public infrastructure projects while plugging air pollution menace, the Delhi government has announced to shell out a whopping Rs 2,388 crore to clear city roads from dust to curb air pollution.

“A proposal was presented by the Environment department to curb dust pollution in the city and also ensure sanitation of public places in the National Capital,” Delhi Cabinet minister Saurabh Bhardwaj said.

According to the Delhi minister, the government has also approved the engagement of water sprinkler machines integrated with anti-smog guns and mechanical road sweeping machines on the roads. The new budget approved to clean the state capital roads will be spent by the Delhi Government over the next 7-10 years. Under the proposed plan the Delhi government will procure 70 mechanical road-sweeping machines and 250 water sprinkling machines with integrated anti-smog guns will be deployed.

“The first decision entails the procurement of 70 mechanical road-sweeping machines – one for each Vidhan Sabha constituency in Delhi. All the roads that are wider than 60 feet in Delhi and come under the PWD – with a total length of 1,449 kilometres – will be cleaned by the department. Sanitation duties on these roads were earlier given to the MCD, but from now on they will be cleaned by the PWD,” Delhi minister said.

The Delhi minister maintained that under the new plan the city roads will be the Delhi roads that were earlier cleaned by MCD will now be cleaned by the PWD.

“For this purpose 70 mechanical road-sweeping machines will be procured and in the Cabinet Meeting held today it was agreed that the tenders for these machines will be put out very soon,” Bhardwaj said.

According to Bhardwaj, 250 water-sprinkling machines will be deployed by the Delhi Government, one each for every ward and these water-sprinkling machines will be integrated with anti-smog guns. “ The life cycle of some of these machines is seven years while for the others it is 10 years. In the first year, Rs 257 crore will be spent to procure some of these machines. The water required to operate these machines will be provided by the Delhi Jal Board. 1500 kilo-litres of treated water per day from the sewer-treatment plant of the DJB will be provided for the purpose,” the minister added.

The Delhi Cabinet on Tuesday also approved the ‘Sugamaya Sahayak Scheme’ to enhance the mobility of the specially abled. Under the scheme aids and appliances such as smart canes, hearing aids, wheelchairs, motorised tricycles, and artificial limbs will be provided to enable them improve their mobility, and pursue education and employment.

“The Social Welfare department will enter into a five-year agreement with a government company to organise awareness camps and provide individuals with benchmark disabilities with the necessary equipment,” the Delhi minister said.

  • Published On Apr 5, 2023 at 02:19 PM IST

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