The public works department (PWD) has demanded Rs 750 crore funds from the finance department in the upcoming budget for installation of CCTV cameras and street lighting.
While the Delhi Cabinet is still to notify the dates for the budget session, sources said the Delhi Assembly is likely to convene from March 22 with the address of lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung. “The session is likely to be five or six day long. The budget is likely to be tabled on March 28. The session is likely to end by March 31,” an official said.
The Arvind Kejriwal cabinet has directed the PWD to install CCTV cameras across the city and illuminate dark spots — key poll promises of the Aam Aadmi Party to ensure safety of women in Delhi.
“We have demanded Rs 600 crore under the planned head for installation of CCTV cameras and Rs 150 crore for installation of street lights, especially at locations which have been identified as dark spots,” said a senior Delhi government official.
The planning and finance departments have started the budget consultation meetings with different departments. A review meeting of senior PWD officials was held at Delhi Secretariat on Monday.
Sources said the department in a joint survey with Delhi Police has identified around 40,000 dark spots across the city which would be illuminated in the upcoming financial year.
Sources said while education was the focus area in the first budget of the Arvind Kejriwal government last year, health sector is likely to be the major thrust area in the budget for financial year 2016-17. The sector had received Rs 4,877 crore during the last fiscal, of which Rs 3,138 was under the planned head.
The planned health budget was increased by 45%.
Officials said the health department has set an ambitious target of adding 10,000 beds across the government hospitals under the Delhi government apart from opening 1,000 mohalla clinics and poly clinics by the end of this calendar year.
The department has also decided to open at least five centralised dignostic labs across the city for catering to the patients visiting the mohalla and poly clinics.