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Delhi Cabinet clears some issues, blocks some

The Delhi Cabinet on Monday deliberated on several issues. It gave its nod to some and deferred others, reports Amitabh Shukla.

india Updated: Dec 11, 2006 23:07 IST

The Delhi Cabinet on Monday deliberated on several issues. It gave its nod to some and deferred others.

MLA funds: The guidelines for utilisation of Rs 2 crore per annum under the MLA Local Area Development Scheme have been revised by the Cabinet. Existing norms say that the funds under the scheme cannot be merged with any other scheme of the central, state or the local bodies. According to the new proposal, the funds of central, state and the local bodies can be pooled with the MLA funds for timely completion of the projects.

Finance Minister AK Walia said, "the revised guidelines would help better utilisation of the funds." Giving an example, Walia said if a community hall is being constructed, part of the money can come from the Centre, state or the civic bodies. Then the MLAs can pool in the money from their funds to complete the project.

Special Economic Zone: The Cabinet deferred the decision to carve out two SEZs in the city. According to the cabinet note, one SEZ was to be the IT Park of DMRC at Shastri Park and the proposed Gems and Jewelry park of the DSIIDC in Outer Delhi. The Cabinet needed more facts on the SEZs before giving its approval. The SEZs would get a tax holiday. The government, however, has ruled out the possibility of creating SEZs by land acquisition from the farmers.

Green Power Plant in Haryana: The Cabinet approved the increase in the equity share for the proposed gas based power plant in Jhajjar, Haryana. A joint venture company is being set up by the NTPC with a majority share holding of 50 per cent. Delhi government was holding a share of 24.5 per cent in the proposed plant. This has now been increased to 25 per cent. The Haryana government would own a similar share of the proposed company. This means that instead of Rs 500 crore, the share of Delhi government would now rise to 535 crores. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the 1500 MW green power plant would become operational in 2010-2011 and Delhi would get an assured supply of 750 MW. The remaining 750 MW would go to Haryana. Ironically, power from the plant would be available only after the Commonwealth Games.

Conditional Access System: The Excise and Entertainment Tax department made a presentation before the Delhi Cabinet on the proposed implementation of CAS in the city. The Cabinet had earlier deferred the decision on CAS pending some queries. A minister said, "Delhi is presently not prepared to implement CAS due to shortage of set top boxes and difficulties in enforcing it." Delhi is hoping that the deadline of December for implementing CAS in some areas would be extended.

Email Amitabh Shukla: ashukla@hindustantimes.com