The Planning Commission has approved the Delhi government's demand for Rs 10,000 crore plan expenditure, including Rs 1,000 crore for the Commonwealth Games.
"We have approved the state government's demand of Rs 10,000 crore plan expenditure. There will be no shortage of funds for the 2010 Games," Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia told reporters after a meeting with Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
Generous with his praise for the Delhi government's performance vis a vis the power situation in Delhi, Ahluwalia said Dikshit's achievements in the health, education, environment and gender balance sectors were commendable.
Dikshit told reporters that Ahluwalia had assured her that there would be no shortage of funds for the games and added that "if needed even JNURM funds can be provided."
The Chief Minister said improving the availability of high quality drinking water in Delhi was a priority.
An official statement issued after the meeting said: "The highest priority will be given to social service and the (Delhi) Government would be spending nearly 56 per cant of its plan budget (into it)."
The highest allocations within this sector have been earmarked for housing and urban development at 15.24 per cent followed by 13.66 per cent for water supply and sanitation. Rs 3,068.76 crore would be kept for the transport sector.