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On govt wishlist: A clean Yamuna, slum-free Delhi

Atul Mathur, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 20, 2013
First Published: 00:59 IST(20/3/2013) | Last Updated: 01:01 IST(20/3/2013)

Checking pollution in the Yamuna, conserving and recycling water to meet Delhi’s ever-increasing demand and making Delhi a slum-free state will be some of the priorities of the government in the next five years.

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If development was the underlying theme of 11th five-year plan in 2007-2012, the government said social sectors will be the thrust area during the 12 plan.

The approach paper prepared by the Delhi government for the 12th five-year plan recommends a substantial increase in its plan outlay for the social services sectors. In the economic survey report for 2012-13, the government detailed the projects, programmes and policy initiatives it is going to take in the next five years.

The government promises to ensure that only treated waste water will be discharged into the Yamuna to check pollution of the river. It stresses on making optimum use of available raw water, treat-recycle-reuse waste water and groundwater recharge to meet the rising water demand.
Since there is no progress on the proposed new reservoirs (Renuka, Kishau and Lakhwar-Vyasi) the government admits that additional raw water will not be available to the city even during the 12th plan period.

Empowerment of women and the welfare of children will be one of the major focus areas. “There will be expansion of ongoing programmes and implementation of new programmes for providing education, training, healthcare, livelihood, legal support, safety and protection to women and children,” the government promises.
The survey said the government will put more emphasis on education and healthcare, improvement of working and living environment for SC, ST, OBC, minorities, construction workers, senior citizens, persons with disability, labourers, and other economically weaker sections for inclusive growth.

The government noted that the number of private vehicles, increasing at 7.4% annually, were adding to traffic congestion, reduced traffic flow, pollution and lack of parking space and accidents.

The government said there was a need for more convenient and assured multi-modal public transport system covering all areas in the next five years.


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