Delhi government presents 'green budget', aims at controlling pollution

Delhi government's Rs 53000 crore FY2019 Budget sees sharp focus on reducing pollution

In the budget for the financial year 2017-2018, 23.5 per cent of the total budget amount was allocated for the education sector. The Delhi government has allocated Rs 175 crore for the goal.

While presenting the budget, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said "We are going to thread 26 programmes and schemes of Transport, Power, Environment and PWD departments for devising a unified system of pollution control to bring down levels of different pollutants".

The programmes also have a slew of incentives for switching to non-polluting fuel, including 50 per cent concession in registration charges for private cars with factory-fitted CNG. Subsidy of up to Rs 5,000 per tandoor to restaurants to replace coal tandoors with electricity or gas-based tandoors. Subsidy will also be offered to switch over from diesel generator sets with capacity of 10 KVA or more. "About 80 lakh persons had availed health services at Mohalla Clinics till now", Mr. Sisodia said adding that sites at 530 places had been identified to establish Mohalla Clinics and the government's target remained at 1,000 such facilities.

Government will also launch a incentivised pilot Agriculture-cum-Solar Farm scheme, under which solar panels will be installed on raised structures on agricultural farms without affecting the normal farming activities.

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The government has also proposed to set aside Rs 1,000 crore for fix and maintenance of smaller roads owned by the municipal corporations of the city, he said. It also plan to install 120,000 surveillance cameras in government school buildings at a cost of Rs175 crore.

Rs 1500 crore allocated for infrastructure development of unauthorised colonies.

Rs 403 crore will be allocated for setting up "mohalla" and poly clinics in the national capital, he said.

Last month, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that the government was working on three-four models for providing free Wi-Fi and would soon take a decision. Tackling pollution has been a big problem in Delhi and this budget has focused on that.

Congress' Delhi President Ajay Maken described the budget as "hollow and a bundle of lies".

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