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Delhi gets 50% plan outlay hike, told to privatise water

Delhi's new tagline --- caring city --- has earned it a 33 % increase in allocation for the 12th plan (2012-17) but with a price --- privatisation of capital's water distribution.

delhi Updated: Aug 10, 2012 00:38 IST
Chetan Chauhan

Delhi's new tagline --- caring city --- has earned it a 33 % increase in allocation for the 12th plan (2012-17) but with a price --- privatisation of capital's water distribution.

The Planning Commission on Thursday allocated Rs. 90,000 crore for the 12th plan as compared to around Rs. 60,000 crore in the 11th plan and pushed Delhi government for privatisation in water. For 2012-13, an annual plan of Rs. 15,862 crore was approved.

"We will ensure 24 X7 water supply all with public-private partnership," Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit told plan panel officials and said that the Jal Board has already initiated pilot PPP water distribution projects in select areas such as Malviya Nagar.

The panel wanted entire city to be covered under this PPP model to reduce water distribution losses and ensure potable and safe drinking water to all by 2017. Delhi government said it will ensure 100 % Bureau of Indian Standard water quality to all consumers.

While Delhi will get a sky-bus, three new medical colleges, five new nursing schools, new flyovers, educational hub at Bakkarwala and four new power plants, the focus will be empowerment of economically and socially backwards through increase in scholarships, pensions and endowments under different government schemes.

Delhi government's mission --- 12th plan --- will see addition of 3,000 new beds in hospital beds, financial assistance to HIV/AIDS affected people, free health test of students in government schools, zero pollution discharge into river Yamuna and policies to restrain use of private vehicles.

Dikshit also announced that Delhi will be a slum and kerosene free city by end of the 12th plan.