The budget session of Delhi Assembly got off to a stormy start on Monday with BJP MLAs vociferously protesting the government “failure” in reigning price rise and “corruption” in implementation of various Commonwealth Games related projects.
Wearing robes printed with anti-government slogans, the opposition MLAs came to the Assembly on bicycles from Tis Hazari and shouted slogans against the Sheila Dikshit-led government accusing it of doing nothing in reigning in escalating prices.
Parts of Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna’s speech, the customary address signalling the start of the budget session, was drowned in slogan shouting by the BJP MLAs.
Outlining the priorities of the government, Mr. Khanna said the city government has braced itself to make necessary arrangements to make the Games a spectacular event.
“This year we have the honour to host one of the biggest sporting extravaganzas of the world in the month of October. The government has braced itself to make all the necessary arrangements to make the Games a spectacular event,” he said in his nearly 40-minute speech.
He said government has been given the responsibility to construct and upgrade four stadia out of which the Talkotra and Ludlow Castle stadia have been completed and remaining two are nearing completion.
Mr. Khanna said the government has initiated construction of 24 flyovers and 18 road under bridges and road over bridges. Seven flyovers has been completed and opened for traffic while others are at different stages of completion.
Delhi Metro is nearing completion of its second phase which will add 125 km to its existing network, he said.
On the power sector, Mr. Khanna said, government has made arrangements to meet the additional power requirements during the Commonwealth Games.
The Games will need world class health facilities and keeping in mind this requirement, government is setting up medical centres at all competition venues and territiary hospitals are being equipped to provide best of the medical facilities during the events, he said.