As the city continues to struggle with its day-to-day functioning due to its pollution, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has been busy arranging meetings with the chief ministers of the neighbouring states. What might seem as persistent efforts made by the CM on social media, might not be revealing the full picture. The Delhi government has Rs 787 crore worth of green fund in its kitty. This amount was collected as ‘green tax’ to combat pollution and develop public transportation in the city, a report mentions. However, an RTI revealed that the Kejriwal-led AAP government spent only Rs 93 lakh out of that Rs 787 crore.
The Aam Aadmi Party, meanwhile, blamed the central government for its failure to spend Rs 787 crore environmental cess collected in 2017 and accused the Modi government of blocking projects to control pollution.
AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said the party never said the Delhi government had a shortage of funds.
“Though the government wanted to purchase buses, the central government did not allot land for bus depots,” he said.
The RTI also reveals that the Delhi government is collecting the environment tax from commercial vehic since 2015 on the direction of the Supreme Court. The apex court had directed the government to use the funds in strengthening public transport and improving road conditions.