25 January, 2021

Shiela Dixit And Her Gaseous State

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Jitender Gupta
Shiela Dixit And Her Gaseous State
outlookindia.com
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DELHI

The pitfalls of having two sworn political adversaries wielding authority over one entity is something Delhi is familiar with. But this time—with 5,574 buses off its roads and private operators on an indefinite strike—it got as bad it could. The crisis over CNG—short for compressed natural gas—blew up in the Delhiite’s face last week. A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice B.N. Kirpal shot down the state government’s plea for another extension to the January 31 deadline for the conversion of all diesel buses to the ‘green fuel’. Saying that diesel fumes were inflicting the equivalent of "one Bhopal a day" on the city’s children, the court also ordered a hefty daily fine of Rs 500 for every errant bus.

This has resulted in a near collapse of Delhi’s transport system, leading to complete chaos, what with harried commuters crowding the bus stops and some even risking rides on bus roofs. Things reached such a pass that CM Shiela Dixit ordered schools closed for two days. And this time too, not unlike every time this issue...

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