It was the Delhi government’s day at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the 1,500-MW gas-based power project at Bawana when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lauded the development efforts of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
The PM said the national capital region was among the fastest growing urban agglomerations in the country. “I have no hesitation in saying that today, Delhi is one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful cities in the country. I would like to compliment Sheila Dikshit and her government for having worked tirelessly over the last 10 years to change the face of Delhi,” he said, after laying the foundation stone for the project.
While improving public transportation in the city is still one of the areas requiring immediate attention, introduction of metro rail had made travel easy, he said.
“Everyone who has travelled by the Delhi Metro would appreciate that the metro has made travel within the city extremely convenient and comfortable. We are expanding the Metro to new areas of the city so that its benefits can be felt by lakhs of other citizens,” added Singh.
Pointing out that there was a need to improve facilities of sanitation and potable water, the PM said the government would not rest till Delhi truly becomes one of the world’s best capital cities. Singh also commended the state government for opening new schools and hospitals and extending basic facilities to people belonging to the weaker section.
The Prime Minister reiterated the fact that the UPA government is committed to the development of nuclear energy keeping in mind the constraint India faces on the energy front. “Though the government is trying its best to tap the hydroelectric power potential and reduce its dependence on coal as it was polluting, it is, however, pertinent that India looked for power from other sources like the nuclear energy,” added Singh.
Union Power Minster Sushil Kumar Shinde said though there is a power shortage of 2.5 per cent in Delhi, the Bawana project would help meet the power demand in the Capital.