Delhi Gets Rs 266-Cr Push, Time To Expect Better Civic Amenities
The Urban Development (UD) Ministry has sanctioned funds to the tune of Rs 266 crore under the AMRUT plan for Delhi. Combined with a previous assistance, the total money towards this project now stands at Rs 489 crore. This central assistance will go into improving water supply, improving sewerage and septage as well as to build and maintain open and green spaces.
After a row over the poor state of certain localities soon after the rains last year, the municipal corporations in the city drew a lot of flak. Issues such as cash crunch, delayed salaries to MCD workers and garbage piled up across many localities of Delhi hogged the prime time on news channels. Amidst all this, residents looked forward to clutter-free roads and garbage-free localities.
If plans work out as laid down on paper, under the AMRUT Action Plan approved for 2016-17 for Delhi; Delhi Jal Board will take up five water supply projects in East Municipal Corporation of Delhi area at a total cost of Rs 102 crore, one sewerage project in North MCD area at a cost of Rs 95 crore and another sewerage project in South MCD area at a cost of Rs 55 crore. In addition, South MCD will take up the stormwater drainage project with an investment of Rs 8 crore, East MCD will take up one park development at a cost of Rs 4 crore while New Delhi Municipal Council will take up one park development at a cost of Rs 2.70 crore.
But, these development projects can't take shape without Swachh Bharat mission. Recently, an inter-ministerial initiative called the Swachh Swasth Sarvatra was launched. The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had come together for the effort. Union Health Minister JP Nadda reinforced the need to merge the goals of Swachh Bharat and the ministry's focus on health. With funds aplenty, let's hope that the health of the national capital would be restored.