New Delhi, Aug.15 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday said that her dream of making Delhi a world-class city was "finally coming true" as the city has witnessed rapid development in the last decade.
Addressing during the 64th Independence Day function here at the Ambedkarnagar Stadium, Ms. Dikshit said: "When I became the chief minister in 1998, I had one dream-to make Delhi a world-class city. Today that dream is coming true."
She claimed that the city witnessed rapid development in almost all sectors in the last decade. However, she conceded that there was still need to focus on upliftment of economically weaker sections.
Ms.Dikshit said, "The government will also finalise its policy of allotment of low-cost houses, which will go a long way in making Delhi a slum-free city. Around 8000 low-cost houses have already been constructed."
She added that "the social sector will receive the priority once the Commonwealth Games concludes."
Mentioning about the development works, Ms. Dikshit said Delhi would become a power-surplus state soon with the opening of three more plants in the next two months.
On the transportation sector, she said 5000 new AC low floor buses will be on the roads by October and that all the old buses in the fleet will be replaced in the next one to two years.
She informed to control pollution, especially that of Yamuna, the government has implemented an Interceptor system through which the drainage water is purified before flows into the river.
"Yamuna Interceptor Scheme has received acclaims from all quarters. It is an effort to make Yamuna clean in coming 2-3 years," she said.
"The city now boosts the world's 6th largest airport, metro connectivity, flyovers, strong hospitality sector and so on," she said while noting that her dream has started coming true.
Earlier, Ms. Dikshit hoisted the tricolour and took a Guard of Honour from contingents of Delhi Police, Delhi Fire Services, Civil Defence and NCC as over 5000 children waved saffron, white and green cloth pieces in union created a fascinating sight. (ANI)