New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit
Sunday said her dream of making Delhi a world-class city is
"finally coming true" with the city witnessing rapid
development in the last decade.
"When I became the chief minister in 1998, I had one
dream -- to make Delhi a world-class city. Today that dream is
coming true," she said addressing the function held at
Ambedkar Nagar Stadium here.
Dikshit noted that the city has made rapid development in
almost all sectors in the last decade though she stressed the
need to focus upliftment of economically weaker sections.
"The government will also finalise its policy of
allotment of low-cost houses, which will go a long way in
making Delhi a slum-free city. Around 8000 low-cost houses
have already been constructed," she said, adding "the social
sector will receive the priority once the Commonwealth Games
Earlier, the chief minister unfurled the tricolour and
took a guard of honour from contingents of Delhi Police, Delhi
Fire Services, Civil Defence and NCC as over 5000 children
waved saffron, white and green cloth pieces in union that made
a spectacular sight.
However, high humidity and blazing sun had its toll on
the cadets performing the parade as over 15 of them fainted
and had to be moved out of the ground in stretchers.
But their patriotic spirit made some of them join the
parade soon after undergoing preliminary treatment when the
national anthem was played. Tricolour balloons were released
in the air as a symbol of love and peace.
The chief minister also gave away the President`s bravery
awards to widow of Narendra Kaushik, who died while saving the
lives of five people after a shop caught fire, and police
inspector Subhash who rescued members of a family despite
getting injured by the flames of a cylinder blast.
Detailing the development works, Dikshit said Delhi will
become a power-surplus state soon with the opening of three
more plants in the next two months.
"After successful power reforms the city will soon have
equitable distribution of water in all parts. After
commissioning of around two dozen UGRs it is expected that all
53 UGRs will be commissioned in near future," she said.
On the transportation sector, she said 5000 new AC low
floor buses will be on the roads by October and that all the
old buses in the fleet will be replaced in the next one to two
"The flyovers at ITO Chungi, Azadpur, Mukarba Chowk,
AIIMS Crossing, Dhaula Kuan and Ghazipur Crossing have
brought a sea-change in traffic management in the Capital
city," the chief minister said.