Authorities in Delhi have over R1,500 crore, collected as green fund to combat air pollution, lying largely unused, even as the capital struggles to ward off a toxic haze.
The Right to Information (RTI) query on Wednesday found the Delhi government was unable to specify its utilisation of the Rs 787 crore green cess collected during 2017.
"The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has prepared a one-year short-term plan, under which it proposes to procure 500 electric buses within one year", Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot said while revealing the plan. "There has been a shortfall of 1,500 buses in three years", he said.
In 2015, the Delhi government received Rs 50 crore as environment cess, which increased to Rs 386 crore in 2016 and eventually Rs 787 crore in 2017.
"The public transport system in Delhi is in a shambles", he added.
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He accused the Delhi government of deterioration in the DTC fleet over the last few years.
Earlier on Wednesday, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal pulled up senior officers, including the chief secretary, over delay in procurement of new buses.
"The L-G has assured he will immediately take up the matter with the Transport Department", Tiwari added.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has been asking chief ministers of other states what they're doing to help the capital fight pollution.
The joint statement released after the meeting said that during the discussions, the two sides agreed that "serious health risks to which such episodes of smog expose one and all require concrete and quick action on a number of fronts". But nothing has been done to improve the transportation system and the air quality level as such.