MPD 2021 faces financial roadblocks

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New Delhi, Sep 7 (UNI) The Master Plan Delhi, 2021 is facing financial bottleneck as the high-powered committee appointed by the Supreme Court to prepare a financial estimate for providing the basic infrastructure in the National Capital Region(NCR), has submitted before it that a whopping amount of about Rs two lakh crore is required.

The committee, including officials from NCR Planning Board, NCT Delhi, DDA, MCD, NDMC, Solicitor General of India, G E Vahanvati, Senior Advocate Ranjit Kumar and Joint Secretary, Union Urban Development Ministry M M Kutty, in its report submitted in the Supreme Court early this week, said the invesment of about Rs two lakh crore (Rs 1,92,388 crore, to be precise ) includes Rs 13,183 crore for Water, Rs 1,51,742 crore for Power, Rs 19,141 crore for Transport, Rs 1,362 crore for Disposal of Solid Waste and Rs 8,322 crore for sewerage.

The committee was appointed by a three-judge bench headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat on July 7.

The apex court was examining MPD 2021, which seeks to permit commercial activities in the residential areas in the National Capital and also hearing the petitions challenging various government notifications seeking to regularise over 1500 unauthorised colonies spread all over Delhi, which have a population of about 30 lakh.

NCR spread over around 36,000 sq km, comprises Delhi and surrounding areas like Noida, Greater Noida. Ghaziabad, Meerut, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Bahadurgarh, Ballabhgarh, Sonepat, Panipat, Rohtak, Palwal and other small towns.

About 140 page-report has also suggested that imposition of tax in order to decongest Delhi.

According to the report of the Supreme Court appointed monitoring committee, entry tax should be imposed on vehicles entering Delhi from the neighbouring states, on the lines of entry tax imposed in Britain and Singapore.

According the report, these figures are likely to undergo an upward revision once the detailed project report was prepared.

The apex court has sought the response of government agencies concerned to the report.

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