Rahul Gandhi has sharp disconnect from ground realities of Delhi : Goel

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Delhi BJP President Shri Vijay Goel today expressed surprise over the sharp disconnect of the Congress Vice-president from the ground realities of Delhi. He advised the Congress Vice-president not to depend on the statistics provided by the Delhi Chief Minister or her government as that is grossly misleading.

Shri Goel made these remarks while holding public meetings in support of BJP candidates, Dr. Mahinder Nagpal from Ashok Vihar and Shri Ravinder Bansal from Shalimar Bagh assembly constituencies.

Shri Goel said, “The Congress Vice-president feels Delhi has become world class city, which far from the ground realities. A report prepared by the Urban Development Ministry of the UPA says that Delhi has failed on basic urbanization parameters such as electricity, drinking water and poverty index. Congress Vice-president should not depend on the incorrect and misleading figures supplied by the Congress government of Delhi.”

“Can someone call a city developed and government efficient, if it cannot construct a sanitary landfill site, a night shelter, an old age home or a mega bus terminus? There are huge gaps in demand and supply of basic amenities in various parts of the city,” Shri Goel said.

“There are several households which do not have electricity connection. Ironically, the situation was better in 2001, just a couple of years after the BJP demitted office in Delhi, than in 2011. The planned urban growth is visibly far from reality. The Urban Development Ministry’s report of July, 2013 makes it amply clear. Despite, the Congress is trying to mislead the people of Delhi,” Shri Goel said.

Shri Goel further said, “Roads of Delhi among the worst managed in the country. The Public Works Department (PWD) of the Delhi government claims to be spending about Rs. 3000 crores on the maintenance of the roads. But, all the major roads of Delhi are full of potholes and the monsoon recently exposed the tall claims made by the Congress government. The Chief Minister, herself, was reported to offer prayers to rain god so that Delhi could be spared.”

Shri Goel said, “The Congress Vice-president calls Delhi a city of migrants. But, the Delhi Chief Minister and Union Home Minister have shown anti-migrant attitude and blamed them squarely for the rising crimes in Delhi. The Congress government of Delhi has been biased against the migrants living in unauthorized colonies. The government creates obstacles for Municipal Corporations in carrying out development works in unauthorized colonies.”

About 60 lakh people are living unauthorized colonies. The Congress Vice-president gave them fake regularization provisional certificates recently as no facilities have been made available to them. Similar trick was played upon the people living in the unauthorized colonies before the 2008-assembly elections.

The Chief Minister of Delhi promised to build 60,000 affordable homes under Rajiv Ratan Awas but only about 15, 000 was built. Ironically, not a single house has been allotted to the poor. Even the Public Distribution System has collapsed in Delhi while the flawed food security scheme has been a non-starter.

Delhi lacks adequate number of buses as well as an efficient surface transport system. As per the joint study by Institute of Urban Transport (India) and Urban Mass Transit Company Limited, the availability of public transport (buses and Metro) in Delhi per 1,000 people is a shocking 0.504. The average waiting time for all 517 DTC bus routes is 70 minutes, because of the less frequent bus trips in sparsely populated undeveloped areas. Out of a total of 6,455 buses in Delhi, only 2,202 (i.e. 34 %) are according to urban bus specifications.

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