Road development to cost Rs 3,000 crore
Haryana has achieved revenue account surplus since 2005-06. The surplus was estimated at Rs 1,495 crore in 2007-08 and Rs 1,414 crore in 2008-09. Fiscal
deficit was Rs 1,699 crore in 2007-08 and was projected at Rs 2,016 crore in
2008-09. The state has achieved FRBM Act targets with regard to revenue and
fiscal deficits and as a result is getting debt relief and interest relief from
Government of India.
The Plan size for 2008-09 has been fixed at Rs 6,650 crore. 21.55 per cent of
Plan outlay would be for the welfare and development of weaker sections of
society. Other allocations include irrigation and flood (Rs 790 crore), power (Rs
862 crore), and transport (Rs 776 crore).
The 11th Plan outlay would be Rs 24,317 crore for new power generation plants
and strengthening of transmission distribution systems. By 2011, the state plans
to increase the installed capacity by 5,000 mw. Work has started on the 1,200-mw
coal-based Rajiv Gandhi thermal power plant at Khedar, Hisar, which is targeted
for commissioning in 2009-10. Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency has
signed MoUs for 697.7 mw with independent power producers for setting up 23
biomass, three small hydropower and four wind-based power projects. The
government is also planning to set up power cogeneration plants to generate 130
Irrigation: To meet future demand of the industrial towns of Gurgaon, Manesar,
Bahadurgarh, Kharkhoda etc., construction work on the NCR water supply channel
has been taken up and is likely to be completed during 2008-09.
Drinking water supply and drainage: Work on the Rs 206-crore Rajiv Gandhi
Drinking Water Augmentation Project for providing sustainable drinking water
supply in Mewat area is under execution. The drinking water and sanitation
sector has been provided Rs 1,237 crore for 2008-09 under Plan and Non-Plan.
Roads and bridges: The Haryana government has launched Rajiv Gandhi Bridges and
Roads Infrastructure Development Programme involving expenditure of Rs 3,000
crore and to be completed in three phases. Projects under phase-I, costing Rs
1,000 crore, have been taken up. The government has sanctioned 37 ROBs out of
which three have been already completed and 18 are under construction.
Work on the extension of metro rail link from Delhi to Gurgaon via Mehrauli is
likely to be completed by January 2010.
Haryana Roads and Bridges Development Corporation was to be designated as the
nodal agency for improving connectivity within the state, particularly in NCR,
by upgrading road and transport infrastructure and providing mass rapid
Urban development: Under JNNURM, seven detailed project reports worth Rs 1,204
crore have been submitted to GoI for various development works at Faridabad.
Under the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns,
four DPRs for integrated solid waste management projects at Rohtak, Karnal,
Indri, Yamunanagar and Jagadhari, and a sewage treatment plant at Bahadurgarh
costing Rs 101 crore have been submitted to GoI for approval.
[May 26-June 1, 2008]