It is estimated that more than Rs 1,000 crore will be spent by various Delhi government agencies on the preparations for the G20 (Group of 20) summit and related events to be held in the city this year, officials said.
The Indian capital will host the main summit meeting of the G20 countries and seven other related events, starting in March, during the country’s G20 presidency. The preparations that will include upgrading the civic infrastructure and beautification work among other measures by various departments of the city government and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will cost Rs 1,084 crore.
The Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia has written a letter to the Centre, seeking a grant of Rs 927 crore to take up special development projects for the G20 summit. According to the officials, 26 Delhi government departments and central agencies are working on the preparations for the summit.
The Public Works Department (PWD), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the NDMC will mainly be associated with civic infrastructure improvement and beautification work. It is estimated that the PWD, the MCD and the NDMC will spend Rs 448 crore, Rs 249 crore and Rs 78 crore, respectively, on their work. The Tourism Department of the city government has planned various events and programmes and estimated a budget of Rs 72 crore.