Delhi Govt Presents A Green Budget; Lays Emphasis On Enhanced Liveability
A focus on environment, health, infrastructure, education and liveability, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia presented his fourth budget in Vidhan Sabha for the financial year 2018-19. However, Delhiites awaited a Budget that would address the grim issues concerning the citizens, including public safety, sealing and unauthorised construction.
The total Budget outlay for the coming financial year was set at Rs 53,000 crore, almost 1.5 times of the previous financial year with 26 per cent allocation to education and 12.7 per cent to health with no new taxes.
Here are the key highlights of the Delhi Budget 2018-19:
The ‘green’ focus
*The Delhi government intends to bring down the CO2 levels by 20.9 lakh metric tonne and the particulate matter (PM) levels to 2.5 in FY’19 by envisaging 26-point action plan.
*The government will give Rs 1-lakh incentive to industries for switching to piped-natural gas and subsidy to from diesel generators.
*A 50-per-cent concession in registration charges for the CNG factory fitted private cars has also been announced.
*Around 1,000 electric buses would be launched as a part of what is being called a green Budget, once approved by Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. The induction of 905 electric feeder vehicles would boost last-mile connectivity.
*Net-metering facility will be encouraged. Around 1,000 megawatt (mw) of solar power would be procured through various means. Individual households, private offices, government buildings could put up solar panels and sell it to the government.
*New city forests would be developed at Jaunapur, Ayanagar, Dera Mandi, Bela Farm, Garhi Mandu Pocket-A and Alipur.
*All streetlights would be replaced with energy-efficient LED lights.
*The Air Ambience Fund would be used to plant lakhs of plants.
*Solar panels will be installed over 16 kilometre of cycling tracks.
*Around 1,000 panels have been proposed to be installed on government buildings to display information on air-pollution levels.
Infrastructure and road development
* The government has proposed Rs 1,000 crore for repair and maintenance of smaller roads owned by the municipal corporations of the city.
*Around Rs 2,777 crore has been allocated for water/sewer work. Internal sewer lines installation in 162 colonies is expected to be completed by 2020.
*Over Rs 1,500 crore has been allocated for the development of unauthorised colonies.
*Around 13 per cent of the total budget will be allocated to three municipal corporations of the national capital.
*Around Rs 100 crore will be allocated for the development of Delhi's markets.
*The government has proposed to allocate Rs 100 crore for the WiFi project. The project has been handed over to the Public Works Department (PWD) from IT department. For Azadpur Mandi, the e-mandi services would be started to improve transparency.
*Barapullah Phase-II and Phase-III elevated roads are likely to be completed by the end of March and December, respectively.
*The government is expected to soon float the tender for doorstep delivery of public services.
*Work of putting up CCTVs in Delhi to be completed by June 15 next year.
*Edge-to-edge paving and landscaping of the PWD roads.
*The road safety policy draft would be released soon.
* The government has increased the Budget allocation for education to Rs 13,997 crore.
*The government plans to have 12,748 additional rooms, 30 new school buildings and nursery classes in 366 Sarvodaya schools.
*The government would allocate Rs 5 lakh to school managing committees to strengthen libraries and arts education.
*Around 200-250 cameras are proposed to be installed in each school so parents can see their children through live-streaming.
*The government has also proposed an allocation of Rs 10 crore for self-defense training for students.
*The government would allocate another Rs 15 crore for school ranking to be done by the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
* Rs 20 crore will be allocated for sports facilities in schools and Rs 36 lakh for language academies.
*Total allocation for the health sector in the Budget 2018-19 stands at 12.7 per cent of the total Budget at Rs 6,729 crore. Out of which Rs 403 crore will be allocated to Mohalla Clinics and polyclinics.
*The government expects to open 530 Mohalla Clinics by October 30.
*Allocation of Rs 20 crore has been made for free diagnostic tests and Rs 15 crore for mobile van clinics.
*Around Rs 1,833 crore would be allocated for the welfare of disadvantaged groups, SC, ST, OBC.