Congress leader Ajay Maken, in a letter written to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, has urged the city government to consider June 5, which is celebrated as World Environment Day, as a ‘Public Transport Day’, assuring that all workers of his party will give up using their private vehicles on the occasion.
“I wrote a letter to Arvind Kejriwal on environmental issues. Delhi is now considered as the most polluted city in world. One main reason behind the pollution is vehicular traffic. At the moment, approximately 85 lakh vehicles ply in Delhi, mostly commercial,” Maken said.
“We have urged the Chief Minister to consider World Environment Day, that is June 5, as a ‘Public Transport Day’. In fact, we urge Congress workers in Delhi to give up on their private vehicles tomorrow and travel by public transport. Not just tomorrow, but every month for one day, we all must travel by public transport. It will be a small contribution from us,” he added.
Maken called for the AAP government to scale up public transportation in the city.
“Apparently the chief minister seems least bothered about the deteriorating environment of Delhi. It is very important for the Delhi Government to scale up public transport, which has witnessed maximum development in the last 15 years,” he added.
According to reports, Delhi’s respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) levels currently stand at 316 microgram per cubic meter, nearly twice that of Beijing, the next most-polluted city in the world.