New Delhi, Mar 22: Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday presented its annual budget for the fiscal year 2018-19. He informed the Delhi Assembly that 13 per cent of the Rs 53,000-crore budget will be allocated to the three municipal corporations. The budget volume has increased to 1.5 per cent in the last three years.Also Read - Govt Plans Staggered Reopening of Schools As COVID Cases Decline, Likely to Issue Guidelines Soon: Report

It is the first green budget presented by the state government in Delhi. Many provisions have been made to reduce the pollution that has plagued the masses for some years now. The government has provisioned for the purchase of 1,000 electric buses for the city. Here are the salient points of the annual budget: Also Read - Over Half of Delhi Citizens Want Weekend Curfew to Continue, Reveals Survey

  • The real time pollution data will be studied all round the year. In 2018-19, the pollution will be reduced to 20.98 lakh metric tonne CO2 and PM 2.5 by 503 MT in 2018-19.
  • 1,000 DTC and cluster buses will be purchased, and the deadline have been fixed for the same.
  • Delhi’s GSDP is projected at 8.14 per cent.
  • Power subsidy scheme will continue. The power department has got an allocation of Rs 2,190 crore.
  • 1000 MW solar and green power will be procured. Solar power will be encouraged in houses, private offices and government buildings.
  • 1000 electric buses will be procured.
  • An incentive of Rs 1 lakh will be given to industries which use piped natural gas.

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Sisodia said that the Delhi government’s prime focus was to provide better healthcare facilities to people. He said that 164 mohalla clinics and 24 polyclinics were opened and are working properly. Rs 403 crore was allocated for these clinics. Rs 20 crore was allocated for free diagnostic test at government hospitals.

He said, “One lakh 20 thousand CCTVs will be installed in schools. There will be more than 150 CCTVs in every school. Parents will be able to see their children through the internet.”