National Capital Region Current Affairs - 2020

Delhi: LG over rules CM’s order

On June 8, 2020, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Bajlal has over ruled the Delhi Government order of reserving government and private hospitals in the Nation Capital only for Delhiites and allow COVID-19 test only for symptomatic patients.

What is the issue?

The Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced that the hospitals in the national capital will treat only patients residing in Delhi (Delhiites). Also, these hospitals will test symptomatic patients.

To this, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi issued an over rule stating Delhi should extend medical facilities to all patients coming from different parts of the country without discriminating him being resident or non-resident of Delhi.

The Governor also says that all the nine categories people including asymptomatic patients of COVID-19 as mentioned by ICMR should be examined at the National Capital.

What are the nine categories?

The ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) has included the following nine categories

  • The Migrants with Influenza like symptoms
  • Other returnees (from other countries) with Influenza like symptoms
  • All hospitalized patients with Influenza like symptoms
  • Symptomatic individuals that undertook international travel
  • Patients with acute respiratory illness
  • Asymptomatic and direct high-risk persons that are in contact with confirmed cases
  • Symptomatic patients in hotspots
  • Symptomatic Individuals of laboratory confirmed cases
  • Symptomatic Health care workers

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurates Delhi-Meerut PKG-3

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the Delhi-Meerut Package-3 connecting Dasna in Ghaziabad to Hapur. It is the most awaited third package of Delhi Meerut expressway.

About Delhi-Meerut Package-3

It is a 22 kilometre-long stretch built with a cost of Rs.1989 crore. The ambitious project boasts several underpasses and construction of a major bridge across upper Ganga canal.

The project will help in decongesting National Capital Region (NCR) and will bring significant reduction in pollution level. It will also lead to reduction in travel time by more than an hour.

The Package 3 has-

  • A 6 lane section with 2 plus 2 lane service road on either sides
  • An important 4.68 long 6 lane elevated cooridor at Pilkhuwa.

This 4.68-km long 6-lane elevated corridor at Pilkhuwa has been conferred Gold Medal for innovation in construction technology. Also, Pilkhuwa Viaduct has also been awarded as outstanding concrete structure of western UP.

The Delhi-Meerut Expressway project

It is 82 kilometre-long Delhi-Meerut Expressway that connects Delhi with Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh.

It is being implemented in four packages-

  1. 7 kilometre-long expressway from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to UP Gate which was already completed in June 2018 under Phase-I
  2. 28 km long 6-lane expressway/ 8-lane NH 24 from Ghazipur border to Dasna in UP (which is 60% complete)
  3. 23 km long 6-lane NH 24 with 2+2 lane service roads on either sides from Dasna to Hapur in UP (which is inaugurated)
  4. 78 kilometre-long greenfield six-lane expressway from Hapur to Meerut, under Phase-IV which is expected to be completed by end of 2019.