AAP govt tables Budget with green theme for unified pollution control


The 26 initiatives listed out by the government in this year's budget also included procuring 1,000 electric buses, introduction of 905 feeder electric buses meant for last mile connectivity from Metro stations and expansion of eligibility criteria for e-rickshaw subsidy that have also figured in the budgets of past governments.

The budget has gone up from Rs 30,900 crore to Rs 53,000 crore in three years, since the AAP government took over in the national capital.

26% of the total budget that is highest sectored allocation goes to education.

The 26 anti-pollution programmes, spanning across four departments - Environment, Transport, Power, and Public Works, include a real-time, round-the-year study in partnership with the University of Washington to understand sources of pollution.

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.

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

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Rs 10 crore allocated for self defence training for students.

Some of the other measure announced were- Rs 35 crore allocation for two schemes to promote sportsperson in Delhi. It also plan to install 120,000 surveillance cameras in government school buildings at a cost of Rs175 crore. There is also subsidy for restaurants who will use electricity or gas-based tandoors. As much as 12 per cent of the budget has been allocated to health. The government is focusing on mohalla clinics.

Rs 15 crores to be allocated to establish Mobile Van Clinics.

Rs 53 crores allocated for Mukhyamantri Teerth Yatra.

The state finance minister, Manish Sisodia, said, "Despite demonetisation and GST, Delhi's economy is growing", adding that the government allocates Rs 1,000 crore for repairing small roads of the municipal corporations.

Maken said that it was very unusual that in every AAP budget, it is claimed that 1500 new buses would be added to the DTC fleet, 1000 Mohalla Clinics would be established, and CCTV cameras will be setup and free Wi-Fi would be provided, but the ground reality is totally different as none of these promises have been fulfilled.