Haryana Urban Local Bodies Minister, Kavita Jain, on May 8, 2017, said that the government will soon unveil a plan to permanently solve the problem of unauthorised colonies in the state. A scheme has been prepared in this regard and will take off by the end of this month, she said. Jain said the necessary provisions have been made in the scheme, to provide various facilities to the people residing in these unauthorised colonies and to make sure that such colonies should not come up in future.
She directed the officers to ensure timely implementation of schemes, keep a check on corruption and bring transparency in the work. The minister said that the local councillors should be taken into confidence while preparing schemes, as they have better information about the problems of the people and geographical situations of their respective areas. The Haryana government is not only ensuring effective implementation of schemes of both, the central and the state governments, but also making efforts that the benefits of these schemes reach the grass root level, she said.
Jain said that under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme of the central government, special emphasis was being given to infrastructure facilities, drinking water, sewerage and parks, in urban areas. She said the centre has approved Rs 2,565.74 crores for 18 districts of the state, which included Rs 1,405 crores for sewerage, Rs 487.75 crores for drinking water, Rs 464.24 crores for rain water drainage, Rs 104.64 crores for urban transportation and Rs 103.39 crores for parks and their beautification. This amount would be spent in three phases, she added.
The minister added that under the Swatch Bharat Mission, the state had been divided into 15 clusters, for waste management. She directed the officers to work in campaign mode, to make the urban areas open defecation-free, by ensuring the active participation of the local representatives and social and non-governmental organisations, besides carrying out awareness activities. Jain said a target had been fixed, to make the urban areas of the state open defecation-free by September 30, 2017.