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'Need plan for water crisis'

delhi Updated: May 05, 2011 01:45 IST
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With the gulf between available resources and their demand constantly on the rise, the planning commission on Wednesday asked the Delhi Government to prepare a detailed plan on ways to solve water crisis.

In a meeting with chief minister Sheila Dikshit and her team of officers, the planning commission suggested that the government must come up with a 10-year projection of water requirement in the Capital.

With Delhi's population rising at a steady pace, the city's water resources are falling drastically short of the demand.

Of a requirement of 1,000-1,100 million gallons of water per day, the Delhi Jal Board has only been able to provide about 700 million gallons.

While the Renuka reservoir plan, which promises about 275 mgd, is awaiting environment clearances, Haryana's U-turn on Munak canal arrangement has deprived Delhi of about 80mgd water.

Planning Commission's deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia also stressed upon the participation of environment and forests experts in developing a long-term water management plan.

Also, the commission on Wednesday agreed to Delhi's increased planned outlay of Rs 15,133 crore, which also includes an additional Rs 200 crore on water resources.

In her first budget speech as finance minister, Dikshit had estimated Delhi's annual plan allocation to be Rs 13,600 crore, which has now been increased to Rs 15,133 crore.

The government has also envisaged Rs 933 crore for Pragati Power project and an additional Rs 200 crore for transport. Rs 100 crore each will be allocated to minorities welfare and to MCD to improve health as well as education sectors.

With 13 new BRT corridors, five new metro lines, an ambitious pod taxi project and several new flyovers on anvil, the transport sector continues to have the biggest share of the planned allocation at Rs 3,548 crore.

In her presentation to the planning commission and officers from other Central departments, Dikshit said 62% of the plan would be financed from the state's own resources. Soft savings loans will account for 11% of the plan.

Appreciating the government's efforts to improve living conditions in the Capital, Ahluwalia said Delhi is the role model for other states in terms of both physical and social infrastructure development. He also gave a pat on the government's back for its achievements in the sectors of education, health and services.