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Push to plans and schemes for growth of urban areas

Zafar Bhat. Dated: 5/10/2018 8:32:17 AM

Zafar Bhat
Jammu, May 9
Categorically, in present scenario of urban areas’ deprivation, it is requisite to have coordinated efforts for timely completion of various initiatives undertaken by the department so that the people are provided with quality housing amenities, while mandate to frame policies, prepare plans and schemes for growth of urban areas and to provide civic amenities in urban areas.
However, worsening stage in the status of implementation of various schemes and initiatives, undertaken by the Housing & Urban Development Department, has exaggerated the state development very badly.
Whereas, it is witnessing the Department’s failure to entrust with the responsibility of strengthening urban local self-governments enabling them to discharge their functions effectively in terms of providing quality municipal services to the people. As there is no rule existing presently for timely completion of various flagship schemes so that the people get benefited from the initiatives undertaken by the center and the state. There has to be necessary check and balances on cost escalation of the schemes as well in ensuring proper utilization of the funds.
Pertinently, the government must direct the officers to speed up implementation of the flagship program AMRUT, the scheme is holistic in nature viz-a-viz the urban development and work on it should be speeded up. He said the executing agencies so involved should hold regular meetings to remove the bottlenecks if any.
However, there is a need for fast-pacing work on solid waste management programs being undertaken stating that the same is essential in maintaining the fragile ecology of our state and laxity in the same would not be tolerated. we should also ensure the success of Swachh Bharat program as the same is being personally monitored by the Prime Minister and it also ensures that our surroundings are made defecation and waste-free.
We should move for synergy and better coordination among the departments for implementing initiatives and achieving tangible targets on the ground. Whereas, conducting regular meetings and also involve the local representatives for better implementation and formulation of various initiatives.


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