‘Surprised’ that govt not aware of traffic task force: L-G to Kejriwal
Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal wrote to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday saying that he was ‘surprised’ by the CM’s perception that the elected government was ‘not made aware’ of work done on resolving traffic bottlenecks. Baijal said PWD minister Satyendar Jain was present in the meetings.delhi Updated: Jul 11, 2017 13:49 IST
Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal wrote to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday saying that he was ‘surprised’ by the CM’s perception that the elected government was ‘not made aware’ of work done on resolving traffic bottlenecks.
In his letter, Baijal informed Kejriwal that not only the minutes of the review meetings on the issue were “endorsed to the secretary of transport minister”, but PWD minister Satyendar Jain has also attended two related meetings over the issue. Baijal said all these facts were also mentioned in his previous letter to Kejriwal.
In response, Kejriwal wrote back to Baijal the next day assuring his complete cooperation for resolution of the issue but informed that he and his ministers had no knowledge of the entire matter.
“The statement about the elected government being kept in dark does not appear to be borne out as per facts which were detailed in the letter to the chief minister, wherein it was informed by the L-G that the minutes of the very first meeting he chaired to review the submissions of the six task forces on March 28, 2017 were endorsed to the secretary to minister (transport). In that meeting, it was decided to identify four or five pilot corridors for immediate action,” a statement from the L-G office said.
“As such, the chief secretary convened a meeting on May 3, 2017 wherein five pilot corridors were identified and an action plan was laid out for each of these. A copy of the minutes of this meeting too was endorsed to the secretary to minister (transport),” it added.
Subsequently, an official said, the L-G chaired another meeting on May 16, focusing especially on just two pilot corridors.
“The minister (UD/PWD) not only attended the meeting but also gave useful suggestions. A copy of minutes of this meeting was again endorsed to his secretary. The PWD minister also attended the meeting held on June 6, 2017 to review the action taken in pursuance of the order of the Delhi High Court of Delhi in W.P.(C) No. 4999/2017 Manu Mishra vs. GNCTD & Ors. This fact was clearly mentioned in the previous letter of the L-G to the Chief Minister dated July 5,” the statement said.
Officials said it is in this background that the L-G expressed ‘surprise’ that the chief minister and his ministers did not have any knowledge of the issue, despite so much work having been done in the last six months, and that too with the minister attending meetings or being informed from time to time, besides the issue itself getting so much of media coverage.