Haryana spending 37 per cent of budget on infrastructure

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Chandigarh, Nov 17 (UNI) Haryana Government has spent 37 per cent of the total budget on strengthening the basic infrastructure of the state during the last three and a half years, Finance Minister Birender Singh said today.

Haryana today ranked first in the country in per capita investment of Rs 78,500, Mr Singh said underscoring that infrastructure, power, social welfare, health and education were the focus areas of the State Government.

While interacting with media persons at New Delhi, the Finance Minister said the State government was also exploring to set up non-conventional sources of energy like bio mass and wind. As many as 37 such projects had been started at a cost of Rs 3300 crore which would generate about 700 MW of power.

Mr Birender Singh said that power plants were being set up at State Cooperative Sugar Mills. The power plant installed at Rohtak Cooperative Sugar Mill would be ready by February next and generate 16 MW of power while at Shahabad Sugar Mill power plant would start in the next season.

He said that Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had been directed to prepare a scheme on the pattern of Mumbai Scheme to build houses for the poor people in the cities.

HUDA had so far allotted 2.48 lakh residential plots, 3748 commercial, about 10,000 industrial and 282 to various other organisations.

Stressing that development would not remain limited to the cities like Gurgaon, he said scheme to develop Global Corridor had been initiated besides Kundli-Manesar-Express.

The metro rail link would also facilitate the people in easy conveyance and the State Government was also striving hard for setting up an airport in Haryana, he said.

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