This Article is From Dec 05, 2015

We are Winning Punjab, Says Arvind Kejriwal at HT Summit

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal spoke at the 13th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit. Below are the highlights of the session:

  • On odd-even number plates, the Chief Minister says Delhi govt announced a host of plans to curb pollution. Court was forced to say we are living in a gas chamber
  • Since we came to power, but it was a medium term goal. Because we wanted to redesign roads, fix public transport - bring in 10,000 new buses
  • There is a lot of dirt in Delhi's air. From April 1, we will start vacuum cleaning on all PWD roads. That will suck all the dust.
  • There are lots of reasons for pollution in Delhi detailed by IIT Kanpur. Burning of trash is one of them, We are coming down heavily on that. We will penalise those burning trash
  • Swachh Delhi app got 50,000 complaints, 42,000 have been  addressed. This app will also be used to track down trash burning and polluting vehicles now
  • Rajghat and Badarpur thermal power plants will be shut down to control pollution
  • Time for movement of trucks will be changed from 9 pm to 11 pm
  • We are strengthening PUC certificate testing and introducing new features so that this testing cannot be cheated with
  • Camera traps will be put which will catch cars with PUC certificate stickers
  • Euro 6 standard will be implemented in Delhi by Jan 1, 2017. Centre will implement this in 2019.
  • We are considering elevated bus corridors
  • The odd-even decision has been taken in principle. Many things need to be sorted out. We don't want to do anything that will inconvenience the public. We will fist try this for 10-15 days.
  • Lots of agencies need to be brought on board. Exceptions need to be put in place.
  • The government earlier used to intervene in small matters. So we are not micromanaging
  • My experience suggests that it's not rocket science to govern
  • You need your space to be able to govern
  • Some problems are political, some are constitutional
  • There is so much crime. We asked Police for a list of beat constables so we can put up on a website. Commissioner said we don't report to you, won't give you list
  • I handle the politics of Delhi governance. That's my portfolio
  • When I met with PM last time, I told him whatever dreams you have, I will realise - Cleanliness, Yoga, Skill India, everything. And you will get all the credit. You don't even have to give any money, just stop this interference
  • PM talks of his 'mann hi baat'. I talk of your 'mann ki baat'.
  • Event managers told me they need 27 clearances to organise an event in Delhi, now everything is online.
  • Our changed measure was tried out by the Zubin Mehta concert
    Organisers got permit in 20 minutes online
  • I was never anti-establishment, but concerned about the society
  • No substance in rumours of me becoming face of party for Punjab elections
  • On Hike in Salary of MLAs:  41 crorepatis among AAP lawmakers, I am one of them because I have an IRS flat too. But that is not income.So the hike, is from 12,000 to 50,000 for salary. Another 50,000 is constituency allowance. So that's 1 lakh. The rest are reimbursements
  • If PM's salary is less than ours, it should be increased.
  • On Punjab elections: Our survey tells we are winning. Won't be surprised if Delhi results are repeated. If Navjot Sidhu comes to party he will be welcomed but we haven't had talks yet
  • Some people are touring the world. I haven't stepped out of Delhi after becoming the Chief Minister. I only work for Delhi.
  • On safety, I'd like to say though the Delhi Police does not come under me. I can say you are as safe on public vehicles as you are in your cars
  • The state of affairs in Delhi will definitely improve. We will work together
  • I'd like to say the CAG report has exposed the swindles of power discoms. Though the audit has been halted by the High Court, we will take it to the Supreme Court.
  • Rs 250 crore was the initial cost of the flyover that had to be constructed. It was made before the deadline for Rs 100 cr less
  • There should be more schools than demand. Admission should be the right of children.