The Delhi Government on Saturday set an economic growth target of 11 per cent for the city during the 12th Five Year Plan period and identified various priorities, including reform in the water sector, for the next five years.
Addressing the National Development Council meeting here, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said Delhi registered an average annual growth of 10.2 per cent in the first four years of the 11th Plan and that her government had set a target of 11 per cent growth rate for the 12th Plan.
The Centre is likely to set a target in the range of 9 per cent to 9.5 per cent growth rate during the 12th Plan.
Identifying multiplicity of authorities as the main bottleneck for implementation of various projects, Ms. Dikshit said her government is faced with the challenge of providing facilities to ever-increasing influx of people into Delhi.
She said towns in the National Capital Region must be developed as economic centres to ease the burden on Delhi, noting that NCR Planning Board must implement the goals set earlier.
The NCR Planning Board, an autonomous body under the Union Ministry of Urban Development, was set up to prepare regional plan for the NCR and to fund important infrastructure development projects. Besides Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab are members of the Board.
“The NCR Planning Board and participating States will have to accelerate the pace of implementation of NCR Plan-2021 and the respective sub-regional plans,” she said.
Ms. Dikshit has been advocating transforming the satellite towns of neighbouring States into a common economic and taxation zone, a move she feels will cut down the increasing flow of migrants into the city.
“All partner States will have to work in tandem to create adequate infrastructure for economic centres, which may become engines of growth for the respective states and lessen the undue burden on the environment and infrastructure of Delhi,” she told the NDC.
Identifying reform in the water sector as a priority area, she said her government was in the process of setting up a water regulatory system to take care of the valuable natural resources.
“The Government of Delhi is planning to invest sufficient plan funds on water recycling and waste water treatment during the 12th Plan,” she said, adding that recycled waste water will be supplied to construction industry, automobile workshops, power plants and to similar users to cut the demand on fresh water.
Ms. Dikshit said her government would set up three new medical colleges during the period.
Noting that the total number of beds in the city hospitals had touched 40,300, she said the government was keen on involving private sector in the healthcare sector.
On the transport front, Ms. Dikshit favoured setting up of dedicated rail corridors linking various NCR towns with Delhi. “This will help in balanced development of the National Capital Territory of Delhi along with the NCR.”
Ms. Dikshit said her government was also considering developing a mono rail network in Delhi.
Keywords: Delhi economic growth