Delhi Budget 2009-10
Seventy-six years old Connaught Place is set to get a revamp and Delhiites can breathe easy as far as water and power tariffs are concerned. Neelam Pandey reports.delhi Updated: Jun 26, 2009 14:22 IST
CP renewal mission
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has started restoration of the busy central district built by the British and named after the Duke of Connaught. The total cost of the project is Rs 671 crore.
The redevelopment project has also been approved as the first city infrastructure development project under the JNNURM (Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission) by the Central government with a grant of Rs 252 crore.
The Delhi government in their budget for the year 2009-10 announced this on Monday.
The civic body has started the execution of the project and the first installment of Rs 22 crore was released last year.
An outlay of Rs 45 crore has been proposed for this fiscal.
Built in the Georgian style of architecture and modelled after the Royal Crecent of Bath in the United Kingdom, Connaught Place had lost much of its charm to traffic congestion, encroachments and poor upkeep.
The civic body plans to improve pedestrian space at both Inner Circle and Outer Circle, augment and upgrade engineering services, construct new subways and have escalators at the existing subways.
The windows and their frames would be replaced and the blocks would get anew coat of plaster and paint in addition to restored columns, walls, jaalis to their original shape.
The civic body also plans to have uniform flooring and corridor lighting and façade illumination.
Work has already started at Block A.
“It is great that the government is taking up restoration of other blocks after completing work in Block C. This will help increase footfall as the market will look appealing,” said Atul Bhargava, president of New Delhi Traders’ Association.
The NDMC is also planning district cooling, a water-based central air-conditioning system, in the initial phase.
According to the NDMC, work would be completed by September next year before the Commonwealth Games.
No tariff hike for power, water
Delhiites can breathe easy as far as water and power tariffs are concerned.
The Delhi government did not hike their tariffs as expected but committed itself to improving the water supply and sewerage network by increasing the budgetary allocation for it from Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore in each of the 70 assembly constituencies in the city.
Water-starved South and Southwest Delhi will get a 50 MGD water treatment plant at Dwarka and a 20 MGD plant at Okhla as priority projects, announced the Delhi government on Monday.
A total of Rs 1,366 crore has been earmarked for water and sanitation in the 2009-10 Budget of Delhi against the amount of Rs 1,485 crore last year.
According to the government, the water treatment plant at Okhla will be completed by March 2010 and the Dwarka plant would be ready by December that year.
Work on a pipeline from Munak to Haiderpur will also be completed soon, which will make available 80 MGD of additional raw water.
The existing non-functional water treatment plant at Bawana will also start functioning to its full capacity, which will improve water supply in North and Northwest Delhi.
The government has also started a programme to build a sewerage system in unauthorised colonies and villages of Delhi to check the pollution in Yamuna River.
The government claimed in its Budget speech that overall power supply of Delhi has been satisfactory.
For 2009-10, an outlay of Rs 461 crore has been proposed for the energy sector against the Rs 588 crore of last year.
The Bawana Power Plant of Pragati Power Corporation and Jhajjar Power Plant of Aravali Power Corporation, once ready, will provide an additional power of 2,250 MW to Delhi.