New Delhi: There are nearly four crore mobile phone connections in Delhi, which has a population of 1.68 crore, with the connections taken by city residents witnessing over 50 per cent increase in 2010-11. According to statistics released by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today, more than one crore mobile connections were taken by people in the city during 2010-11.
The number of connections in 2009-2010 was 2.82 crore which has increased to 3.88 crore in 2010-2011. The current population of Delhi is around 1.68 crore. This means, on an average, every Delhiite has around 2.5 mobile phone connections which appear to be the highest in the country. The number of mobile connections in the entire country is estimated to be over 85 crore. However, the growth in fixed line phone connections has registered marginal growth as the number of connections increased to 28.38 in 2010-2011 against 27.10 lakh in 2009-2010. The figures have been published in the Delhi Statistical Handbook 2011.
As per the statistics, around five lakh vehicles were registered during 2010-11 taking the total number to 69,32,706. The number of cars and jeeps in 2010-11 in Delhi was recorded at 21,73,323. In an indication of sustained economic growth, the per capita income in the national capital at current prices has increased to Rs 1.16 lakh in the financial year 2009-10 which is an increase of Rs 13,446 over the per capita income in 2008-09.
On an average, every Delhiite has around 2.5 mobile phone connections which appear to be the highest in the country
Delhi's per capita income, which indicates an average earning of a person, is the third highest in the country with Goa having a per capita income of Rs 1,32,719 topping the list and closely followed by Chandigarh at Rs 1,20,912. In a reflection of economic prosperity, the report said an amount of Rs 6,40,993 crore was deposited in 2,608 branches of various banks in Delhi during 2010-11 against a total deposit of Rs 5,67,099 crore in the previous year. The banks have given loan of Rs 5,58,291 crore in 2010-11.
Briefing the media about the handbook, Dikshit said Delhi was fast turning into an urban megacity with decrease in the rural population by more than 55 per cent during last decade. The total population of Delhi has been estimated at 1.68 crore with around 1.63 crore urban population and around 0.05 crore rural population. The handbook says urban population grew by more than 26 per cent in the last decade.
Delhi witnessed decrease in population in Central and New Delhi districts during last decade whereas the population has gone up in respect of other seven districts. The highest decadal growth of 30.62 per cent has been observed in South-West district while New Delhi had negative decadal growth of minus 25.35 per cent, the report said quoting provisional results of 2011 census. Dikshit said the literacy rate was recorded at 86.34 per cent during 2010-11. New Delhi District has the highest rate of literacy with 89.38 per cent whereas the lowest rate of literacy of 82.80 per cent was recorded in North-East district. The literacy rate among male is 92.22 per cent while it was recorded at 80.99 per cent for female. The literacy rate in Delhi in 2001 was 81.67 per cent.