New Delhi: The Planning Commission today
approved Rs 11,400 crore annual plan outlay for Delhi for the
financial year 2010-11, giving Rs 200 crore more than the
amount sought by the city government.
The annual plan outlay, an increase of Rs 1,400 crore
over previous year, was approved in a meeting here between
Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
"We were given Rs 11,400 crore. If we need more, then
we will demand more later," Dikshit said after the meeting.
Ahluwalia said Delhi Governmemt had submitted an annual
outlay of Rs 11,200 crore which was increased by Rs 200 crore
at the suggestion of the Commission. Last year, the total plan
outlay approved by the Commission was Rs 10,000 crore.
Asked whether she had demanded any special allocation for
the Commonwealth Games, Dikshit said government had sought Rs
1,000 crore additional allocation for the sporting event to
which the Commission said the demand will be considered.
"Whether we have sufficient funds or not but the Games
will be successful," she said adding, "we are satisfied with
the plan outlay."
On Delhi`s demand for more funds for the sporting event
to be held in October, Ahluwalia only said "the Commonwealth
Games is fully funded."
He said the meeting mainly focussed on making preparation
for setting targets for the city in areas of water and
sewerage for the 12th Five Year Plan which will start in two
"The way things are going in Delhi is very good. But we
are focussing on doing even better. We will have to focus more
on road transport, water and sewerage in the city in the 12th
Plan," Ahluwalia said.
The Planning Commission Deputy Chairman said with
increase in population, Delhi will face the challenge of
making available water to citizens and the city government
will have to prepare a long-term plan to find a solution to
Ahluwalia suggested that the government should take steps
to stop leakages in the water distribution system in Delhi.
Delhi Finance Minister A K Walia said allocation for the
social sector schemes has been increased by Rs 200 crore in
the plan outlay.