Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal while campaigning for the upcoming municipal polls in Delhi said that if Aam Aadmi Party is voted to power, the city will look like London in a year's time.
The Delhi Chief Minister's statement is similar to one made by his predecessor Sheila Dikshit who had promised to turn Delhi into Paris.
While some may laugh at Kejriwal's statement and call it too ambitious, trying to be like London is not exactly a great idea.
London could be a "developed" city but is grappling with some serious problems on the front of health, pollution and traffic.
The problems are strikingly similar to the ones that the country's capital faces.
WHY DELHI SHOULD NOT BE LIKE LONDON:
This winter, London recorded alarmingly high levels of pollution and edged past Beijing, with many blaming wood-burning stoves for aggravating the problem.
London mayor Sadiq Khan was d by The Telegraph as saying that the "filthy air" in London is now a "health crisis". Many Londoners compared the dangerous levels of pollution to the one during the Great Smog of 1952 which was estimated to have killed 12,000 people.
Those who think driving on Delhi roads is a nightmare, London is no better. According to a study by a traffic information company called Inrix, which analysed 1000 cities in the world, London was ranked the seventh worst city for congestion. A motorist roughly spends 73 hours in a year stuck in a traffic jam.
A Guardian report s from Transport for London data and puts the financial cost of congestion and traffic delays during 2014-15 at an astonishing 5.5 billion pounds a year (or Rs 45,050 crore approx).
One doesn't need to be an Einstein to realise that a city with high levels of pollution and traffic congestion woes will also have its people breathing toxic air and suffering from various respiratory ailments.
UK reports premature deaths of around 40,000 people every year due to heart diseases, lung cancer, asthma and poor lung development in children--all linked to air pollution. Students at more than 800 schools in London were breathing toxic air as nitrogen dioxide levels crossed the EU permissible limits this winter, said a Guardian report .
Europe has the highest water costs in the world, and water prices in United Kingdom although less than countries like Germany are still way high as against global prices.
The combined water and sewerage services in United Kingdom, including London, costs around 400 pounds a year (or Rs 32,766 per yer approximately).
#A city for the rich
London consistently makes it to the list of cities with highest cost of living. Add to that, a steep rise in inflation means that prices of essential commodities have hit the roof. The cost of living of an average Londoner comes to around 72,000 pounds ( Rs 59 lakh approx).
The city, in other words, is out of bound for those not-so-rich or the aam aadmi. Kejriwal has often portrayed himself as a leader of the masses, or aam aadmi. To build Delhi on the lines of London doesn't sit well with Kejriwal's line of appeal to his voters, most of whom are aam aadmi and who cannot afford to live in a city like London.