Four days before the Delhi government tables the budget for fiscal 2010-11, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday indicated a hike in taxes and tariffs.
Given that the Centre slashed its budget for Delhi by nearly Rs 1,200 crore, Dikshit said her government may have to take certain measures to augment its dwindling financial resources.
Speaking in the Delhi Assembly on the motion of thanks to the Lieutenant Governors address on Monday, the chief minister said, I am confident that people will not shy away from coming forward to help the government.
She added that the government will not compromise on development projects for want of funds.
The motion of thanks was passed in the House in the absence of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators. who had walked out of the House before Dikshits statement.
Dikshit said the face of the city has changed in the last one year because of persistent efforts of her government to upgrade infrastructure. We are delivering on our promises and that is why (we) have been voted to power successively. I am confident of winning the next Assembly election also, she said.
On the issue of price rise, Dikshit said even Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar praised the Delhi government for providing pulses and wheat flour at subsidised rates.
Meanwhile, during a discussion initiated by BJP legislator S C L Gupta on the issue of regularisation of unauthorised colonies, urban development minister A K Walia said of the 1,639 colonies up for regularisation, only 600 have been given a clean-chit by the civic and forest conservation agencies.
There are nearly 238 colonies that do not have a clearance from the Forest department. We are working with the Delhi Development Authority, Forest department and Archeological Survey of India to clear as many colonies as possible, Walia said.