Kejriwal : Centre creating hurdles for our government

Sunday, Jan 24, 2016,15:54 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Firing a fresh salvo at the Centre, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today accused it of creating hurdles unsparingly before the Delhi government and asserted he stood as a wall between his ministers and the Modi dispensation. Centre has been unsparing in creating hurdles for us in carrying out our work. They have created so much trouble for us ‘Centre ne adchane adane mey koi kasar nahin chhodi hay’. Hamari aisi ki taisi karne mey koi kasar nahin chhodi hay, he alleged.

The chief minister was speaking at the inauguration of the third-phase of the over 23 km-long Vikaspuri-Wazirabad signal-free elevated corridor from Madhuban Chowk to Mukarba Chowk in outer Delhi. Kejriwal asserted he stood as wall between Delhi government and the Centre. I have not kept any portfolios with myself. I am standing like a wall between my ministers and the central government. And, I won’t let my ministers be troubled by the Centre. I’ll take care of it all by myself (‘Sab sambhal loong akela’), he said.

The AAP-led Delhi dispensation and the Centre have engaged in bitter political battles in the past over several issues including control over administration and the city police. I feel sad…And, if the Centre had shown positive attitude and supported us, Delhi government would have done ten times more work than what we have done so far, he said. So, I hope the Centre will open their eyes now and see the reality, he said.

The 3.8 km-long stretch was built in 30 months at a cost of Rs 300 crore against the sanctioned Rs 421.79 crore. The Vikaspuri-Wazirabad corridor project was an initiative of the Sheila Dikshit dispensation. The AAP leader said, Our PWD engineers and officials must be applauded and awarded for carrying out this project in lesser time and for bringing down the construction cost by Rs 120 crore.

A section of Congress workers led by a former MLA protested near the flyover, waved black flags and shouted anti-Kejriwal slogans, accusing him of taking credit for the work that was done by the Sheila Dikshit government. Kejriwal claims that nearly Rs 350 crore has been saved in this corridor project, spanning three phases. We want to ask him how was that. The chief minister claims that amount has been saved by using innovative techniques, but I did not get any such information when I sought it under the RTI, former Badli Congress MLA Devendra Yadav alleged.