New Delhi, Apr 20: At a time when the national capital New Delhi is facing criticism for increasing air pollution due to vehicular emissions, a BJP MP on Monday tried sending a noble message by arriving in a bicycle to attend the Parliament's Budget session.
BJP MP from Rajasthan's Bikaner, Arjun Meghwal, arrived in a bicycle carrying his name plate. One hopes that the MP continues doing so and encourages his colleagues to such practices. This will not only save fuel but also reduce the pollution in the Lutyens' zone.
The level of air pollution in Delhi exceeds the limits prescribed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), government told in Rajya Sabha last month.
The air quality monitoring data for Delhi provided by Central Pollution Control Board indicates that the levels of particulate matter (PM2.5) exceed the WHO guidelines by a "factor of 7 to 12", Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said.
The second phase of Budget session of Parliament resumes today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he looks forward to a productive session, filled with constructive debates on several issues.
"Parliament session begins today. I look forward to a productive session, filled with constructive debates on several issues," he tweeted.
The controversial land bill issue is expected to generate much heat in Lok Sabha with the government deciding to table the new land ordinance on the very first day of the second half of Budget session.
According to the schedule of business, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy will lay on the table a copy of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Ordinance, promulgated by the President on April 3 under Article 123(2)(a) of Constitution.
The Budget session will conclude on May 8.