AAP govt tables Budget with green theme for unified pollution control

AAP govt tables Budget with green theme for unified pollution control

The total budget was of Rs 53,000 crore, state Finance Minister Manish Sisodia said in the Assembly.

26% of Budget being allocated for education total amount Rs. 13,997 crore.

Sisodia, also the Deputy Chief Minister, announced Rs 1,500 crore allocation for infrastructure development of unauthorized colonies in the city.

The "green" Delhi budget 2018-19, presented on Thursday, has a 26-point programme for fighting pollution, including 1,000 electric buses and subsidies for switching to non-polluting fuel, while education and health continued to get the lion's share of allocations.

"The budget estimates for 2018-19 are pegged at Rs 53,000 crore which is 19.45 per cent more than the revised budget estimates of Rs 44,370 crore for the previous financial year", Sisodia said.

However, in the Budget, the government did not mention a time-line for the completion of the project.

Others include replacing all street lights on PWD roads with energy efficient LED lights, an extensive tree plantation drives, and new city forests in Jaunapur, Ayanagar, Dera Mandi, and Bela Farm among others.

Sisodia also declared that 50 per cent concession will be given in registration of CNG cars and solar panels will be installed over 16 km cycle track. He also noted that Rs 1,000 crore was allotted for fix of roads under municipal corporations and Rs 100 crore for those in markets. The budget estimates to reduce 20.98 lakh metric tons Carbon dioxide and PM 2.5 by 503 MT in 2018-19.

All school managing committees will be given Rs 5 lakh each to strengthen libraries, arts education.

"This has benefitted 37.28 lakh consumers (82.84 percent) of the total 45 lakh domestic category consumers in Delhi", he said presenting the progress report of the Power department.

Coffee machines to be added to staff rooms.

Rs 15 crore allocated for school ranking to be done by Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

Rs 403 crores allocated for Mohalla Clinics and Polyclinics. All school teachers will also get tablet computers to keep record of attendance. The Delhi government has allocated Rs 175 crore for the goal. Moreover, around 200-250 cameras will be installed to live-stream the classes so that the parents can watch their children.