Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) welcomes the budget pitch of the Delhi government that has prioritized public transport augmentation and service for all. The government has also taken a step forward to apply the ‘polluter pays’ principle and impose a congestion tax on incoming trucks -- the revenue will be used to augment the city’s public transport system.
This is a much needed move at a time when Delhi is gasping for breathe and the daily travel trips are expected to explode to 25.3 million trips a day. The travel choices of the people will determine the liveability of Delhi. Says CSE executive director Anumita Roychowdhury, who also heads its air pollution control campaign: “If no further action is taken to radically improve public transport, walking and cycling, Delhi will gasp for breath, pay unacceptable fuel costs and spew warming gases like never before.”
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Earthquake reconstruction has pitted Nepal’s government and the donor community against each other. On the eve of a crucial conference, a quake-hit populace hopes they will resolve their differences and lead quake-resistant reconstruction

The monsoon has started with pouring rain, quake-induced fissures on hills are expanding, roads are getting frequently blocked, hundreds of thousands in Nepal are still living in tents in the areas ravaged by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25 and the 7.3 aftershock of May 12.

Amidst the urgent need for rehabilitation and reconstruction and fury over inadequate response, Nepal’s government is organizing a donors’ conference on June 25, exactly two months after the quake that left over 8,000 dead and thousands more injured.

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