New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday appealed to civil society, NGOs, academicians, research institutions and citizens to help Delhi government finalise
priority areas for the city during the 12th Five Year Plan period.
Dikshit said the city government has already prepared a background paper identifying public transport, water supply and sanitation, housing, medical and public health, education,
and environment as focus areas for the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017).
Officials said Delhi government would like to project an impressive GDP growth rate of 11 to 11.5 percent for the national capital during the 12th Five Year Plan period as
against the current rate of around 10.5 percent.
In a public appeal, Dikshit requested all stakeholders to offer their opinion in identifying challenges facing the city and ways to overcome them.
The government is in the process of finalising an approach paper outlining broad strategy to deal with various challenges facing the city in the next five years.
Some broad features for framing the 12th Five Year Plan of Delhi were also discussed in a meeting held between Dikshit and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia in May this year.
In the meeting, Ahluwalia had asked Dikshit to initiate long-term planning in conservation, treatment and efficient distribution of water, considering the city`s ever increasing population.
Delhi relies heavily on neighbouring states like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh for supply of raw water. The Delhi Jal Board supplies around 850 MGD (million gallon per day) of water
across the city after treating the raw water in its treatment plants.