New Delhi: The Delhi Congress on Friday slammed the Delhi government over the air pollution in the national capital saying that when will the government find a lasting solution to pollution in the city and also questioned it over the Chhath Puja devotees unable to take a holy dip in the turbid Yamuna.
Delhi Congress Chief Arvinder Singh Lovely said that it was the height of inefficiency and inaction by the Delhi government that lakhs of people from Poorvanchal, living in Delhi, would be forced to celebrate their most important religious festival, Chhath Puja, in the dirty Yamuna, and under an highly polluted air, as the concerned departments of the Delhi government had not taken any action to facilitate a smooth celebration of the festival, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) crossing over 400.
Lovely expressed gratitude to the L-G for granting the Congress’ request to designate Chhath Puja as a “Dry Day.”
The Delhi Chief of the Congress claimed that “the Delhi government did not make any arrangement to ensure clean water in the Yamuna, by writing to the Haryana government to release fresh water into the river in advance.”
According to him, dousing the Yamuna with chemicals to manage the toxic white broth that is released into the river by sewage and factory effluents will only render the cleansed water unsuitable for ablutions by worshippers during Chhath Puja.
Lovely added that the over 1,000 Chhat Ghats in Delhi were left to be cleaned and prepared by the Chhat Puja Samiti, which was severely short on funds. The Delhi government did nothing in this regard.
According to the Congress leader, the Delhi government would begin work on the Chhat Ghats well in advance of the grand old party taking power, in order to provide clean water, a clean environment, tents, and lights so that the devotees could perform Chhath Puja in peace.
According to him, tomatoes used to cost around Rs 20 per kg, so during the “Nahay-Khay” festival, devotees were unable to take a holy dip in the Yamuna and the poor were unable to eat properly.
He also slammed the Railways for not running special trains for Poorvanchalis to travel to their native villages to celebrate the Chhath Puja as the central government has treated Poorvanchalis in a step-motherly manner.
He said that due to the highly polluted air and water in Delhi, most Poorvanchalis want to go to their villages to celebrate the Chhath Puja, but in the absence of special trains, most people would be forced to stay back in the polluted Delhi.