*CM Arvind Kejriwal lays the foundation of a new government hospital with a capacity of 1,430 beds in Shalimar Bagh; every bed to have ICU facility
*It will be a world record when the Delhi government will build seven new government hospitals with a capacity of 6,800 beds in the next 6 months - CM Arvind Kejriwal
*Because the people chose an honest government, it costs only 20 lakh rupees to build an ICU bed, whereas earlier even a normal bed would cost 1 crore - CM Arvind Kejriwal
*As a responsible and sensitive government, we are taking all necessary steps in view of the possible third wave of COVID - CM Arvind Kejriwal
*We are going to make such a system in which every citizen of Delhi will have their own health card, which will contain all the information related to healthcare; I don't think any country in the world has such a system yet - CM Arvind Kejriwal
*Going to build another hospital equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for the people of Delhi; the construction of this hospital with a capacity of 1,430 beds will be completed in 6 months - Satyendar Jain
New Delhi: 17th October 2021-The Delhi Government is revolutionising healthcare services in the state as a part of its resolve to give better facilities to the common man. Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal, in the same prospect today, laid the foundation stone of a new hospital with a capacity of 1,430 beds at Shalimar Bagh. Being constructed at a cost of Rs 275 crores, this hospital will be ready in 6 months. On this occasion, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal said that it will be a world record when the Delhi government will build seven new government hospitals with 6800 beds capacity within the next six months. He said you have elected an honest government; earlier it used to cost one crore rupees to make a normal bed, but our government is spending only 20 lakh rupees on an ICU bed. The CM said that as a responsible government, the Delhi Government is taking all necessary steps in view of the possible third wave of Corona. CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said that we are going to make such a system, under which every citizen of Delhi will have their own health card which will contain all the information about their health.
In order to further strengthen the health infrastructure in Delhi, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal arrived to lay the foundation stone of Shalimar Bagh Hospital. He was given detailed information about the project by the Health Department officials. Seven new such hospitals are to be built in different areas of Delhi by the Health Department of Delhi Government. During this event, a Havan Yagya was also performed. Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal participated in the Havan Yagya as per traditions and unveiled a commemorative stone plaque. Health Minister Satyendar Jain, AAP MLA Bandana Kumari, Health Department officials and several locals were present.
Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal tweeted and said, “a new government hospital of 1430 beds is being built in Shalimar Bagh. In the time of COVID, the whole world has understood the need for medical facilities. I would like to congratulate the people of Delhi on the fact that their government has been working constantly to strengthen the medical facilities of the city since day one.”
At the same time, Health Minister Shri Satyendar Jain tweeted and said, "Delhi government is going to build another state-of-the-art hospital for the people of Delhi. Its foundation was laid by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in Shalimar Bagh today. The construction work of this hospital with a capacity of 1,430 beds will be completed in the next 6 months.”
The Chief Minister's Office tweeted, “the foundation stone of another state-of-the-art government hospital in Delhi was laid by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Shalimar Bagh Hospital will have 1,430 ICU beds. Its estimated cost is around Rs 275 crore. Apart from the ground floor, it will have two storeys with two OT complexes.”
*Being a responsible government, we are taking all steps necessary in view of the possible third wave of Corona - CM Arvind Kejriwal
At the unveiling of the Shalimar Bagh Hospital, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, “May god protect all the Delhiites from Corona. If there is a third wave of Corona at any point, then as a responsible government, we are taking all important steps needed. Just in the month of April, when the second wave of Corona came, the hospitals had the biggest shortage of oxygen and ICU beds. In this view, the Delhi government has taken a big step. The Delhi government is going to build seven new hospitals in different areas of Delhi, which will have a total capacity of 6,800 beds, and all these seven hospitals will be ready within six months. I think it will probably be a world record that within six months seven hospitals with a capacity of 6,800 beds will be ready.”
*Every bed of the hospital can be used as ICU and normal bed - CM Arvind Kejriwal
Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, “today we have laid the foundation of a 1,430-bed hospital in Shalimar Bagh. Within six months from today, this 1,430-bed hospital will be ready. I would like to congratulate the PWD a lot that they have started such an ambitious project and they are confident that they will complete it within six months. Every bed in this hospital will be an ICU bed. All the 1,430 beds of the hospital will have ICU facilities. Every bed will have oxygen, every bed will have a monitor for the ICU. If you want to use it as a normal bed, then you can use it as a normal bed and if you want to use it as an ICU bed, then the complete infrastructure of ICU will be available on all 1,430 beds.”
*This has been possible because the people of Delhi have elected an honest government - CM Arvind Kejriwal*
Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, “before the formation of our government, the cost of building normal beds was very high. If a government hospital of 100 beds had to be built, then the cost of 100 normal beds used to come at the rate of one crore rupees per bed. This was before 2015, when our government was not formed. At the same time, the total cost of this hospital being built is Rs 275 crore, in which 1,438 beds are being made. This hospital is costing Rs 20 lakh per bed and that too with ICU beds. Also, the hospital will have all the facilities needed. All other facilities, including centralized AC, will be there. This has been possible only and only because the people of Delhi have elected an honest government.”
*We are going to make such a system in which every citizen will have their own health card and will have all the health information in it; I don't think any country in the world has such a system yet - CM Arvind Kejriwal
Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, “now the facilities of health infrastructure within Delhi are the best facilities available in government hospitals across the country. But we have to make them world class. In the coming time, we are going to implement the Health Information Management System (HIMS). Within the next one-and-a-half year, every citizen of Delhi will have his own health card. Whether he is poor or rich, all the data of his health will be on the computer. He will not have to carry any slip. He can go to any hospital, all the old X-ray reports from his childhood till date and all the data will be on the computer. People will stop seeing long lines at the hospital. You will make an appointment with the doctor on the computer or the app. The doctor will give an appointment and you will reach the hospital at his given time. You will not need to go anywhere, you will go straight to the doctor and the doctor will be waiting for you. Whoever has a health card in his hand, his entire treatment will be free and he will not have to worry about himself.”
Chief Minister ShribArvind Kejriwal said, “I do not think that there is such a system in any country of the world so far. While laying the foundation stone of this hospital today, I would like to especially congratulate our MLA Bandana Ji. She has worked very hard for this. From taking land allotment from DDA to making this a reality she has run a lot with the health department.”
The Chief Minister also congratulated Health Minister Satyendar Jain and said that the Health Minister has assured that we will make this hospital within six months. “I would like to congratulate all the engineers and officers who have worked diligently to start this. I hope that we will get to see this function within six months.”
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*In the last 3 days, incidents of stubble burning have increased rapidly in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, due to which the AQI level of Delhi has reached 284- Gopal Rai

*According to NASA, the number of stubble burning incidents on October 13 was low, due to which the level of AQI was 171 on that day- Gopal Rai

*If the incidents of stubble burning increase inside Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, then the pollution level of Delhi will also start increasing in the same proportion- Gopal Rai

*Due to the rains in North India, the harvest has been late, now stubble burning has started at a rapid pace - Gopal Rai

*Kejriwal government sprayed the bio-decomposer in the fields of the farmers for free; other states have not made such preparations forcing farmers to burn stubble - Gopal Rai

*Central Government has given about Rs 250 crore to Punjab for the stubble management; 50 lakh acres of fields can be sprayed with the bio-decomposer free of cost- Gopal Rai

*Under the Anti Dust Campaign in Delhi, about 70 percent people are following rules, the remaining 30 percent people are being severely punished- Gopal Rai

*Red Light On Gaadi Off campaign will start in Delhi from tomorrow; Kejriwal government is working towards implementing both long term and immediate solutions to reduce air pollution - Gopal Rai

New Delhi: 17th October 2021-Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai said that in the last 3 days, incidents of stubble burning have increased rapidly in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana. Due to this, the AQI level of Delhi has reached 284. According to NASA, the number of stubble burning on October 13 was low. Due to which the level of AQI was 171 on that day. As incidents of stubble burning increase inside Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, the pollution level of Delhi also starts increasing in the same proportion. In North India, the crop harvest has been delayed due to rain. Now stubble burning has started at a rapid pace. He said that in Delhi, the Kejriwal government makes all the preparations and sprays bio-decomposer in the fields of the farmers for free; other states have not made such preparations. He said that the central government has given about Rs 250 crore to Punjab for the management of stubble, with which, bio-decomposer can be sprayed free of cost in 50 lakh acres of land. He said that under the anti-dust campaign in Delhi, about 70 percent people are following the rules, while the remaining 30 percent people are being punished heavily.

Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai said that the pollution generated in Delhi, always remains inside Delhi and it was studied last year as well. "We started the war room and started monitoring 24 hours a day and saw that when stubble burning increases inside Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, the pollution level of Delhi also increases in the same proportion. This year also we are seeing that the level of AQI on October 13 was 171. According to NASA pictures, the number of stubble burning incidents that day was low. But within the last 3 days, incidents of stubble burning have increased with great speed in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana. With the speed with which the incidents of stubble burning have increased, with the same speed, the AQI reached 284 yesterday," he said.

He said, "The Central Air Quality Commission has released a report that stubble burning is lesser this year than last year. I think the incidents of stubble burning have increased rapidly in the last two days. Inside Delhi, we had made preparations for the spraying of Pusa Bio-Decomposer from October 5 for free. We saw that the crop harvest was getting delayed due to rain. The rains have lasted for a long time, the harvest period has also gone a little further. Now stubble burning has started at a rapid pace," he said.

Shri Gopal Rai said, "the Kejriwal government is working to reduce dust pollution, biomass burning, and stubble burning pollution inside Delhi. Vehicle pollution has also been reduced. We are going to start the Red Light On Gaadi Off campaign from tomorrow all over Delhi. The Delhi government is working to reduce the pollution inside Delhi. It has also been successful in the last year. But this time, due to the rapid increase in incidents of stubble burning, the AQI level of Delhi has reached even worse levels. The Chief Minister has been tweeting the level of pollution in Delhi every day for the last several days. If you look at that chart and the incidents of stubble burning, it will be clear how the stubble leads to a very dangerous situation in Delhi's pollution level.
Last year, when Pusa Bio-decomposer was sprayed in Delhi a petition was filed in the Central Air Quality Commission. They asked us to get the audit done from a third party. We prepared the report after getting a third party audit done and also talked to other states. Despite this, a gap was visible. In Delhi, the Kejriwal government makes all the preparations and sprays it in the fields of the farmers for free. I have not seen that preparation in other states. So governments need to take responsibility."

He said, "there is no financial crisis. The central government has given about 250 crore rupees to Punjab for the solution of stubble and machines. Free sprinkling of bio decomposer can be done in 50 lakh acres of land with a cost of Rs 250 crore. More area of the fields can be sprayed than there is in Punjab. So money is not the problem. A system should have been prepared for this, that system was not ready. The governments listened to the matter and left it to the authorities. Its result is not looking positive. We conducted the experiment inside Delhi which was successful. Governments will have to do this work by taking responsibility. So it's not about money."

Shri Gopal Rai said, "the Delhi government is working at two levels. We are working with a long term plan. For instance, the tree transplantation policy in Delhi has come alongside the electric vehicle policy, to move towards a permanent solution. We are working on a permanent project to reduce the pollution of generator sets by giving 24 hours electricity inside Delhi. We converted 100% of the factories that used to run on polluting fuel inside Delhi into PNG. We did that through a permanent process. Apart from this, the thermal power plants inside Delhi were closed. So that its pollution levels can be reduced."

Apart from this, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal has announced the Winter Action Plan, he said. "Under this, the anti-dust campaign is going on from the 7th to 29th October. Our team has inspected more than 1 thousand places in all the areas of Delhi. Because of this, about 70 percent of people are following the rules inside Delhi."

Shri Gopal Rai said, "those who never used to install green nets in the streets and localities, are following the rules today and installing nets. Although there are 30 percent people who are not agreeing even after all this, we are taking action against them."

He said, "Along with the anti-dust campaign, the work of sprinkling the bio-decomposer is going on in all the non-basmati and basmati paddy fields which have been harvested All over Delhi, the farmers who had filled the form sprayed their fields with bio-decomposer. We have also given a help line number to those who did not fill the form. People are calling on that too. They are spraying wherever the calls are coming from. Along with this, Green Delhi App is our biggest strength. Wherever officials and teams are unable to reach, people are sending information about pollution through the app from there. After this, teams are being sent there through the war room. In this way we are trying to eliminate pollution inside Delhi. To reduce vehicular pollution, the Red Light on Gaadi Off campaign is starting from tomorrow all over Delhi."

He said, "in the past, a joint meeting was held with all the agencies. After discussing all the points, everyone has been alerted. But if incidents still happen then we will take action. We have a two-tier strategy, the first is to make people aware and mentally prepared. Despite this, if someone is negligent and someone is insisting, then action will be taken."

He said that wherever there are mountains of garbage, excavation work is being done on a permanent basis which is causing dust pollution. "Wherever there is a danger of fire, there is a provision of a tanker and team permanently so that if a fire is starting from somewhere, then it should be immediately extinguished by sprinkling water. Similarly, recycling work is being done there, if there is no sprinkling of water, then dust pollution keeps spreading."

Shri Gopal Rai said, "we will not hesitate to take even the toughest step if required. Will take every step that is needed to reduce pollution in Delhi. We request you to reduce the pollution outside Delhi as well. We will continue to request the central government to actively participate in it. Merely issuing guidelines will not work."