India’s Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, M.Venkaiah Naidu, held a review meeting in Delhi today.
During the review, Delhi Government officials informed that 6.22 lakh households in Delhi will be provided with water taps over the next two years under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).
At present 23.78 lakh households accounting for 58% of the total 41 lakh households have water connections and this will be increased to 73% under AMRUT. Sewerage connectivity will be increased from the present 57% to 65% under AMRUT.
Naidu asked Lt. Governor (LG) of Delhi Anil Baijal to sort out issues related to forest and ridge lands and unauthorized colonies to ensure full coverage under water supply.
Progress of works under AMRUT in Delhi for which the Ministry of Urban Development approved an investment of Rs. 802 crore for the five year period 2015-20 has been reviewed in detail.
Noting sanitation as a major area of concern in Delhi, Naidu asked the Delhi Government and municipal bodies to focus on solid waste management and segregation of municipal waste at source.
It was assured that South and East MCDs will become Open Defecation Free by October this year while North MCD will do so by December this year.
Only three of 201 individual household toilets for which demand has so far been received have been built besides 11,138 of the 22,891 community and public toilet seats required.
Noting that an affordable housing need of over three lakh units in Delhi has been indicated based on earlier surveys, Naidu urged Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board to act fast and in tandem and send all proposals at the earliest so that construction of houses can be completed by 2022.
Reacting to the suggestion of taking up sweeping during night time, LG of Delhi Anil Baijal asked municipal bodies to introduce mechanized sweeping during night time in identified areas to start with.
He stressed on the need to look at the staffing norms and quality standards to enhance the capacities of municipal bodies in the context of new urban planning and execution approaches being introduced under Smart City Mission and other initiatives.
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