Delhi govt built 23 flyovers in 45 yrs CM Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday inaugurated the 2.85 km signal-free new RTR Flyover, and said a few more such projects will come up in the national capital before the end of his government’s tenure. The elevated corridor of Rao Tula Ram Flyover, built at a cost of Rs 205 crore on the Outer Ring Road, will help decongest the area and prove a boon for people commuting towards the IGI airport from south Delhi and Noida. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items “In 15 years, the Sheila Dikshit government built 70 flyovers. In the last four-and-a-half years, our (AAP) government has built 23 flyovers,” Kejriwal said in his address after inaugurating the flyover. “We do our work, but we don’t advertise much. Now, it is for the people to spread word about the work we have done in the last four-and-a-half years,” he said. Hitting out at his detractors, the AAP chief said after the inauguration of the Signature Bridge, a member of the opposition party had sought to take credit of that project. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “We believe in doing our work and not indulging in dirty politics. The Delhi government has worked a lot in education, health and other sectors, and our work will speak,” he said. Interacting with reporters after the event, he said the AAP government not only worked on mega infrastructure projects but also built roads, sewage lines and provided other facilities in unauthorised colonies to reach out to the ordinary people. Asked if more projects were in the offing before the end of his government’s tenure, Kejriwal said, “Yes, a few more such projects will come up soon.” The chief minister said the RTR Flyover was the 23rd flyover to be built by his government in the last four-and-a-half years. The newly-built flyover branches out of Munirka Flyover and ends before Army Research and Referral Hospital near Subroto Park close to National Highway-8. The construction of this elevated corridor started in November 2014. It was to be completed by November 2016, but missed several deadlines. Delhi PWD Minister Satyendar Jain, RK Puram MLA Pramila Tokas and AAP MLA Somnath Bharti were also present at the event which took place on a section of the flyover.last_img read more

UN health agency seeks to curb debilitating skin disease in Afghanistan

“We must act now if we are going to have any chance of controlling the situation,” said Dr. Philippe Desjeux, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) leishmaniasis control programme. “This is a unique opportunity to stop a debilitating disease in its tracks, and make gains in a country where people so deserve to see improvements to their health.” Cutaneous leishmaniasis leads to disfigurement usually on the face and hands, and social stigma, particularly for women and children. The rapid intervention by the WHO and its partners, the Massoud Foundation and HealthNet International in Kabul, the Afghan capital, made possible by a donation from the Belgian Government, should dramatically reduce the disease in less than two years. Kabul is the largest centre of cutaneous leishmaniasis in the world, with an estimated 67,500 cases – a third of the 200,000 cases in all of Afghanistan. The provision of first-line drugs has been secured by WHO in collaboration with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Health. At the same time, 16,000 insecticide-treated bednets will be distributed throughout Kabul and will help to protect nearly 30 000 people. As a result of the €200,000 (euro) Belgian grant, the initiative is a timely intervention that aims to curtail the peak transmission season from September to October, the first phase of a one-year plan to implement a national control programme. If the initial initiative is successful in Kabul, it will then be replicated in other parts of Afghanistan. While effective control programmes once existed in the country, the past two decades of ongoing conflict has gravely weakened much of the health infrastructure. read more