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L-G Jung seeks Centre’s help to fight city’s water woes

L-G Najeeb Jung(L) with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (R) at the pre-Budget meeting in the capital on Monday. L-G Najeeb Jung(L) with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (R) at the pre-Budget meeting in the capital on Monday.
Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: June 10, 2014 2:57 am

With the capital cowering under a heat wave, power and water issues have taken centrestage in the city, so much so that the Lt-Governor is learnt to have taken the matter to the Central government.

Sources said, after Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung discussed the capital’s water and power issues with the Centre, he was assured of “full cooperation and help”.

On the power front, issues pertaining to the finances of the debt-ridden discoms were learnt to have been discussed. “Assurances have been given that the overdue systemic issues involving Delhi will be addressed at the earliest,’’ a government official said.

The Munak Canal issue was also taken up by the Lt-Governor during the meeting. “Delhi has paid Rs 400 crore for Munak Canal to Haryana, but is not getting its share of 80 MGD of water. Since this is an interstate matter, it requires the Centre’s intervention,’’ an official said. The 102-km canal has a capacity of 140 MGD water.

Meanwhile, Jung met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday to discuss the preparation of the regular Budget for current financial year.

In the absence of an elected government in the National Capital, the Delhi Budget will be placed before Parliament.

Jung has constituted a seven-member expenditure finance committee and Chief Secretary S K Srivastava has been appointed as chairman.

“The committee will concur sanctions of expenditure up to Rs 100 crore. The capital works involving expenditure of more than Rs 100 crore will need the clearance of the Cabinet. If the absence of the Cabinet, the project will have to be approved by the Lt-Governor since he is the competent authority in such cases,” an official said.

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