[sbinews] Delhi to be economic capital??

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  • Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2003 20:39:42 +0500

Plans to make Delhi economic capital

NEW DELHI: After assuming power as the chief minister of Delhi for the second 
consecutive term, Sheila Dikshit has asked for the shifting of all melas 
including the prestigious Indian International Trade Fair out of Pragati 

In a letter to the Lt Governor of Delhi, Vijai Kapur, the chief minister has 
urged him to initiate the process of shifting all business fairs out of Pragati 
Maidan and converting it into a park. This, she feels, is not anti-business, 
but one of many steps required to convert Delhi into a true economic capital. 

Talking to ET, Dikshit said that her second innings began with taking up an 
agenda of turning Delhi into an economic capital. Said Dikshit, “We have just 
initiated the process of preparing a blueprint for Delhi as an economic 
capital, where we would like to include the entire NCR region. Here, the Union 
urban development ministry and concerned governments in UP and Haryana must 
step in. It’s still at the very early stage, but if it materialises, the NRC 
will have a new look altogether.” 

To realise this dream project, the chief minister’s core team has already 
identified ‘must do’ steps including removing of all hazardous industries out 
of the NCR and improving the traffic scene in the capital. As a prelude to the 
grand plan of attracting “a lot more clean industries” to Delhi, the 
authorities are planning to double existing infrastructure. “We are also 
thinking of an elevated ring road on the top of the old one. One hundred 
thousand vehicles, which use Delhi as a conduit, are a challenge for the 
Capital city. And during trade fairs in Pragati Maidan, there is a great deal 
of traffice chaos. Why can’t fairs be held, say somewhere in Outer Delhi or 
even outside. Land can be acquired and the required infrastructure built”, said 

It’s expected that the blueprint for making Delhi the economic capital will 
take shape in another two months time. In addition to pushing hazardous 
industries further, the blueprint is expected to incorporate a major section on 
optimum utilisation of Yamuna water. “The details are being worked out. The 
availability of water will form a part of it. Also, the growth of small scale 
industries is a big challenge for Delhi. We are to work out some modalities to 
relocate those at some suitable places. But our concept of an economic capital 
city be a success only if the planning is done for the entire NCR”, said the 

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