With an estimated expenditure of Rs 3,450 crore for the next year, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) budget presented on Wednesday focused on taking forward several projects announced last year – including installation of LED streetlights, a cloud-based Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) and more air quality monitoring systems.
Elaborating on the proposal for easy public access to air quality data, NDMC Chairperson Naresh Kumar said, “It has been proposed to set-up air quality monitoring system at three places in the NDMC area to disseminate real-time air quality information to the citizens through 20X10 feet multi-media LED screens, which will be used for advertisement purpose to generate revenue.”
In addition to that, the council also plans to strengthen healthcare facilities in the existing hospitals, setting up a 250-bed super specialty hospital at a cost of Rs 250 crore over three years as well as AYUSH polyclinics. A state-of-the-art AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy) poly-clinic is likely to be set up at Dharam Marg while a permanent set-up will come up near Sarojini Nagar.
For this project, the council plans to seek financial assistance from National AYUSH Mission from the Ministry of AYUSH. With NDMC submitting its Smart City Proposal for the second stage of the centre’s Smart City Mission, Kumar further said the vision of the council was “to be the global benchmark for a capital city.”
Against a total receipt of Rs 3,458.33 crore, a total estimated expenditure of Rs 3, 450.81 crore has been projected for the next year. “We have submitted the proposal to the Urban Development Ministry. If we get selected, NDMC is expected to receive Rs 194 crore from the government in the form of tied grants as first installment, which will be matched by an equal contribution by the NDMC,” Kumar said.