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Delhi News Highlights: From Oct 1, subsidy in electricity only for those who ask for it, says Kejriwal – The Indian Express

Delhi News Highlights: In a major decision taken in the Delhi Cabinet meeting today, the government will now give people the option to choose if they want subsidies in electricity. From October 1, subsidy in electricity will be provided only to those who ask for it, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation’s anti-encroachment drives in the Kalindi Kunj-Jamia Nagar area near Shaheen Bagh and in Sriniwaspuri were cancelled till Friday due to the unavailability of an adequate police force, civic authorities said on Thursday. According to authorities, the drive was planned for Thursday to remove temporary and permanent encroachment from roads and government land in the area.
Delhi Wednesday reported 1,354 Covid-19 cases with a positivity rate of 7.64 per cent and one fatality, according to data shared by the city health department. A total of 17,732 Covid tests were conducted in the city on Tuesday, the data showed.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday said the State Cabinet has approved the Delhi Start-up Policy under which the youth will get financial and procedural help in setting up companies.
“It is a matter of joy that the Delhi Cabinet has passed the Delhi Start-up Policy. This policy was created after reviewing all start-up policies of the world and borrowing their good points. If the youth of Delhi want to start a business, the Delhi government will provide them complete assistance, handhold them and help them financially and otherwise,” he said.
“In terms of financial support, there are many things planned. For example, if they rent a place, the Delhi government can give up to half their rent. We can help with some portion of the salaries they want to give to their employees, we can return the fees for patents or copyrights. We can help with internet charges,” said Kejriwal. Read More
The North and South Delhi municipal corporations have approached the Delhi High Court with a prayer to restrain the Assembly’s ‘Committee of Privileges’ from “interfering” in the administrative functions of the corporations, and they have also sought to quash the communications seeking information related to their “day-to-day functioning”.
“The Rules of House do not permit the respondent to ask any questions and seek information regarding the activities, functioning and administration of the Corporation through the Speaker of the House or through the Committee of Privileges,” the corporations have argued before the court, adding the Assembly does not have any kind of power of superintendence in respect of their functioning.
The case in which the Legislative Assembly Secretariat is the sole respondent was heard before Justice Yashwant Varma Thursday. Senior Advocate Sanjay Poddar, representing the petitioners, argued that the corporations are not a department under the government and the communications seeking answers were beyond the jurisdiction of the Assembly. Read More
A total of 25,000 households in East Delhi will be provided free sewer connections under the ‘Mukhyamantri Muft Sewer Connection Yojana’, according to a communication from the Delhi Jal Board (DJB).
These free connections will be provided in 12 colonies in Karawal Nagar and Mustafabad, for which an amount of Rs 19 crore has been allocated. The households will be connected to the existing sewer network, which will carry the waste to the Yamuna Vihar sewage treatment plant, according to the DJB. The aim is to prevent sewage from landing in the Yamuna river. The decision was taken at a board meeting of the DJB chaired by Water Minister Satyendar Jain. The colonies include Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Chandu Nagar, and parts of Khajuri Khas. Read More
The Delhi High Court Thursday directed the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and Delhi Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (DSIIDC) to positively take action within two weeks against the encroachments in Okhla Industrial Area.
The division bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Navin Chawla also directed the Commissioner of Police to provide sufficient force for the purpose.
The court passed the order after the counsel representing the SDMC told the court that a joint survey of the area was undertaken and about 100 properties, including temporary ones, have been identified in the area and they need to be removed. The court was also told that vehicles parked there are the main source of encroachment. Read More
The Delhi government has issued orders to private schools asking them not to force parents to buy expensive education material and uniforms from school or any specific vendor, failing which they would risk facing “stringent action”.
An order from the Directorate of Education said private schools are run by trusts/societies and have “no scope of profit and commercialisation”.
The order states that schools should display the class-wise list of books/writing material to be introduced in the coming session, well in advance on the school website, and also communicate it clearly to parents via other media. Read More
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday announced that from October 1, a subsidy for electricity will be given only to those who ask for it. The decision was taken by the Delhi cabinet.
“Many people get free electricity for which the Delhi government gives free subsidy. Time and again, I get suggestions and letters from people saying it’s good that you’re giving us free electricity, but since some of us are capable, we don’t want free subsidy and free electricity. You can use this money to set up schools and hospitals,” he said at a press conference.
“So, we have decided that we will give people an option. We will ask them if they want electricity subsidy. If they say yes, we will give it to them. If they say no, we will not give it to them. This process of asking people will start soon, and from October 1, a subsidy will be provided only for those who ask for it,” he added. Read More
The Delhi Jal Board on Thursday announced providing free sewer connections to 25,000 households in Karawal Nagar and Mustafabad and installing 30 reverse osmosis plants in Jhuggi-Jhopri (JJ) clusters to provide clean drinking water to their residents.
The utility has earmarked Rs 19 crore to provide free sewer connectivity in 12 colonies in Karawal Nagar and Mustafabad under the ‘Mukhyamantri Muft Sewer Connection Yojna’. It will prevent 2.5 crore litres of sewage from directly falling into the Yamuna river, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) said after a board meeting.
It has also decided to install 30 RO plants in JJ colonies to provide free, clean drinking water to their inhabitants. (PTI)
First RRTS train set handover scheduled for Saturday New Delhi, May 5 (PTI) The first train set of Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) will be handed over to NCRTC in a ceremony in Gujarat’s Savli on Saturday, an official statement has said.
National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) is establishing India’s first RRTS which is a rail-based, high-speed, high-frequency regional commuter transit system. The first train will be run on Sarai Kale Khan-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor.
According to the statement, the RRTS train sets are 100 per cent manufactured in India at Alstom’s (earlier Bombardier) factory at Savli in Gujarat under the Make in India initiative. (PTI)
After the Delhi Cabinet passed the Delhi Startup Policy on Thursday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said his government is committed towards making the city the “startup capital of India.”
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The Delhi Cabinet passed the Delhi Startup Policy on Thursday. Speaking on the scheme, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the government will help the youth of the national capital financially and otherwise if they want to start a business. 
“We will hire many agencies and create panels of various experts in different fields, for example of chartered accountants or lawyers. Those wishing to launch a start up, can go to any of these panels for help. The Delhi government will provide free assistance to them. These experts will be paid by the Delhi government,” Kejriwal said.
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a Delhi High Court order directing the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to pay over Rs 4,600 crore of arbitral award along with interest to the Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Limited (DAMEPL) in two equal installments in two months.
The order was passed by a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and B R Gavai. The high court on March 10 had directed the DMRC to pay over Rs 4,600 crore of arbitral award along with interest to DAMEPL.
The court had said the first and second instalments shall be paid on or before April 30 and May 31 this year. The high court’s judgement had come on DAMEPL’s execution petition filed against DMRC concerning the arbitral award in its favour.
It had said the May 11, 2017 arbitral award has attained finality and cannot be allowed to remain as a paper award and added that judgment debtor DMRC is duty bound to either divert its funds after seeking permission of the central government, if necessary, or raise loans to satisfy the award.
The high court had noted that during pendency of these proceedings, the DMRC had made payment of Rs 1678.42 crore and even on the day order was reserved in the execution petition, DMRC’s counsel had undertaken that Rs 600 crore shall be deposited in the ESCROW account.
The high court had noted that according to the DMRC affidavit, as on February 14, 2022, the total funds available with it under the head ‘Total DMRC Funds’ are Rs 1,452.10 crore; under the head ‘Total Project Funds’ Rs 2,681.29 crore and under the head ‘Total Other Funds’ Rs 1,560 crore. —PTI
SDMC’s anti-encroachment drives near Shaheen Bagh, Sriniwaspuri cancelled till Friday New Delhi, May 5 (PTI) The South Delhi Municipal Corporation’s anti-encroachment drives in the Kalindi Kunj-Jamia Nagar area near Shaheen Bagh and in Sriniwaspuri were cancelled till Friday due to the unavailability of an adequate police force, civic authorities said on Thursday.
According to SDMC authorities, the drive was planned for Thursday to remove temporary and permanent encroachment from roads and government land in the area.
“Today’s drive in Kalindi Kunj-Jamia Nagar area has been cancelled due to the unavailability of an adequate police force.
“The police informed us that adequate force cannot be provided for the drive today. We will reschedule the drive accordingly,” Rajpal Singh, the SDMC’s central zone chairman, told PTI.
On April 28 too, a demolition drive scheduled in Jasola and Sarita Vihar was cancelled due to the unavailability of an adequate police force. The SDMC on Wednesday carried out an anti-encroachment drive in Karni Shooting Range near Tughlakabad, removing 13 temporary shops and other structures.
Encroachment drives were planned in SDMC areas after Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta wrote to the party-ruled civic body’s mayor on April 20 to remove encroachment by “Rohingyas, Bangladeshis and anti-social elements”. —PTI
The Delhi Police registered a case under sections of rioting after a scuffle broke out between two groups at a park in northeast Delhi Wednesday night. The police arrested three persons and detained over 30 locals who were involved in the communal clashes. The police said it was a minor scuffle, and that no casualties were reported. Security has been beefed up in the area. Read more 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Thursday forecast partly cloudy skies, and the possibility of thunder and lightning for Delhi. The maximum temperature is likely to be around 38 degrees Celsius, according to the IMD. At 8.30 am on Thursday, the temperature was 26.2 degrees and the relative humidity was 67 per cent. Read more 
The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) has written to vice-chancellor Dhulipudi Pandit asking her to “synchronise” the academic calendar that had been “disrupted” by the Covid-19 pandemic and the delay in the admission process. They said the faculty had been denied vacations since 2020 and it had impacted the quality of teaching and learning. The teachers requested for 30 earned leaves to be credited to them compensating for the period. Read more 
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) conducted a survey among more than 11 lakh people in Delhi in which 91% respondents believe that the BJP is responsible for inciting unrest across the country, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Wednesday.
Delhi BJP Chief Adesh Gupta hit back, alleging that several AAP leaders have been involved in law-and-order cases. Read more
Long-awaited rainfall in the Delhi-NCR Wednesday brought with it respite from what has been a sweltering summer, so far. Parts of Delhi saw thunderstorms, rainfall and strong winds brought on by a western disturbance.
The rainfall came after the city recorded a heatwave spell last week, and had been witnessing a prolonged dry spell. Read more 
Nearly nine days after a major fire broke out at the Bhalswa landfill, firefighters continued to douse the fire on Wednesday. The Delhi Fire Services said this is one of the longest operations as most fires, including ones at landfills, are doused in two-five days.
While there are fewer fire tenders now, firemen have been working round the clock at the site. A senior fire official posted in Outer Delhi said, “The land is simply unapproachable. The garbage mounds are tall and unstable. It would be risky to move around and douse the fire. The fire will keep spreading and erupting unless we dig deeper and move garbage but that’s not possible because the whole structure might collapse on us.” Read more 
A day after apprehending two juveniles for allegedly killing an elderly real estate businessman at his North Delhi residence and robbing Rs 11 lakh, the district police has decided to move an application seeking transfer of the case from the juvenile board to a Delhi court to treat them as “adults” for the crime. Special CP (law and order of North zone) Dependra Pathak said they are moving an application before the court concerned. Read more 
When cab aggregators like Ola and Uber first started in Delhi a decade ago, there were 22-23 unions to press for the rights and demands of drivers. The number has now shrunk to four, owing largely to a lack of support from the drivers themselves.
“The unions will vanish when drivers for whom we are fighting stop supporting them. Now, as CNG prices are hiked, they are protesting against cab aggregators and fuel prices. The four unions that are left also have drivers associated with Zomato, Swiggy and other delivery firms. Every year, we protest and ministers meet us, promising to fulfil our demands, but it never happens. Drivers also carry on with what they are earning as they have to run their family,” said Ravi Rathore, member of the Sarvo-daya Driver Welfare Association. Read more
A demolished shop near Dr Karni Singh shooting range in Tughlaqabad, New Delhi on Wednesday. (Express photo by Amit Mehra)
Starting the first phase of the demolition drive in the capital, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation razed over half a dozen shops in Tughlakabad on Wednesday morning. Those manning the shops and kiosks claimed they had been running them for years near Dr Karni Singh shooting range, and that the MCD did not give any prior notice.
The drive started around 11.30 am and went on for two hours. Teams of the Delhi Police and MCD officials were deployed in the area when the bulldozer arrived.
A day after apprehending two juveniles for allegedly killing an elderly real estate businessman at his North Delhi residence and robbing Rs 11 lakh, the district police has decided to move an application seeking transfer of the case from the juvenile board to a Delhi court to treat them as “adults” for the crime. Special CP (law and order of North zone) Dependra Pathak said they are moving an application before the court concerned.

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