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Commonwealth an opportunity to improve city infrastructure:CM

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Apr 19 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said the 2010 Commonwealth Games are an opportunity to improve the city's infrastructure, especially public transport.

A sea change in the thinking of the people of the city was needed to be brought, drawing them away from personal transport, which had become a status symbol, to using public transport, she said while releasing Centre for Science and Environment's new book 'The Leapfrog Factor: Clearing the air in Asian cities'.

The state government was committed to make the capital a better place to live in but it needed help from organisations like CSE to decide on the best possible path to do so, she added.

Assuring that funds would not be a problem in implementing such plans, she said Delhi government was interested in not only giving an efficient, clean and comfortable public transport but also more than one 'alternative', Ms Dikshit said.

Saying a new transport system was needed before the Games and time was short, the Chief Minister asked CSE to organise a conclave of Asian countries that were suffering from similar pollution problems, where not only experiences could be shared but also workable solutions to adopt could be discussed.

Vehicle manufacturers and fuel companies should also be invited to this forum, she added.


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