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Protest Rally and Day Long Dharna In support of BRT Corridor
On 7Th January 2009 from 11.00 AM
In front of the office of the
Govt. of NCT of Delhi, Delhi Secretariat, I P Estate, New Delhi.
The Congress party came to power for the third time and Smt. Sheila Dixit as Chief Minister for the 3rd time took the oath of secrecy on the 17th December 2008. Immediately after taking the oath of secrecy, the Chief Minister accompanied by senior officials visited the BRT Corridor from Ambedkar Nagar to Moolchand. During her visit she said that all the problems were on enforcement and the BRT corridor is running smoothly. Later on a statement issued by the Chief Minister said that the Bus stops will not be on the central lane in the proposed Defence colony to Delhi Gate Corridor. The bus stops would be on the left side as it was earlier. There will be no divider between the car lane and bus lane but only a yellow line would be marked. This statement by the Chief Minister on the BRT corridor is against the basic concept and original plan. There were problems due to bus stop on the left side and to overcome this and to provide a better transport system, central lane and separate Bus and car lanes were made. The congestion, pollution etc can also be solved. Further the dependency on car can also be avoided.
This way, we feel that the statement of the Chief Minister on BRT Corridor is against the basic concept because due to this the public transport system in Delhi would be like the old system and every citizen wanted relief from this. We also wanted to remind the Chief Minister of Delhi as well as the general public that a delegation of various people’s movement led by Medha Patkar, Dr. Rajendra Ravi convener, National Alliance of people’s Movement, Shri Bhupendra Singh Rawat of Jan Sangarsh Vahini, Ms. Anita Kapoor convener Urban women labor organization, Ms. Sunita- convener of National Domestic worker’s Union, Shri Nanu Gupta of Jan Sangarsh Sanyukt Morcha and Shri Arjun Singh of National Cyclists Union met the Chief Minister on 13th June 2008 in support of the BRT Corridor. During the meeting, the Chief Minister had assured that construction of the BRT Corridors would be continued as per original plan. The Chief Minister had also assured that if she gets majority during the assembly elections, the construction of the BRT corridors would be speeded up and work on other corridors would also be started.
The BRT Corridors are convenient for Bus Passengers, Cyclists, Pedestrians, and Hawker vendors. However, now when the Chief Minister has occupied the chair for the third term, she has taken a U-turn on the assurances and has said that Car lane would also join in Bus lane which is not only against the concept of BRT Corridor Plan but also against the faith reposed on the Chief Minister by the people of Delhi during the assembly elections.
In protest against the decision of the Honorable Chief Minister of Government of NCT of Delhi and demanding that the Chief Minister keep her promises for continuation of the BRT corridor on its current design and implementation of the same all over Delhi, the NAPM and others mass organization including CSO’s are going to organize A PROTEST RALLY AND DAY LONG DHARNA in front of the office of the Chief Minister, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, Delhi Secretariat, I P Estate, New Delhi on 7th January 2009
We appeal to all concern citizens who believe in Sustainable development, Equity, Social justice, Equal road rights, Equal opportunity for mobility and accessibility should participate and pressurize the Delhi Govt. not to roll back BRT Corridor and implement it all over Delhi in its original plan to save life, livelihood and living space for future generation .
Organized by: National Alliance of People’s Movements, Urban Women Labour Organization, Jan Sangharsh Vahini, National Cyclist Union, Federation of Rajnagar Residents Welfare Association, National Domestic workers Union, Jan Sangharsh Sanyukt Morcha, Bandhua Mukti Morcha, National Labour Federation, Social Action and Training, Nav Kiran Kalyan Sanstha, Asha Parivar, Meo Foundation.
Contact No. Rajendra Ravi- 9868200316, Bhupendra Singh Rawat- 011-20506929, Anita Kapoor- 9810787686