Chandigarh: The Central government has appreciated the progress made by Haryana in implementation of three national programmes including Smart City project, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation and Swachh Bharat Mission. The Secretary, Union Ministry of Urban Development Rajiv Gauba, who held a meeting with Haryana Chief Secretary, D S Dhesi to review implementation of Smart City project, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation and Swachh Bharat Mission here on Thursday, expressed his satisfaction over the progress made by Haryana in their implementation.
Rajiv Gauba was accompanied by a team of Joint Secretaries and other senior officers of Ministry of Urban Development. Haryana Principal Secretary, Urban Local Bodies, Anil Kumar, and Director, Urban Local Bodies Sameer Pal Srow were also present. Anil Kumar said that state has taken various initiatives for the implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). The State government has decided to contribute Rs 10,000 per Individual Household Latrine (IHL) as state share whereas the Central government is providing Central assistance of Rs 4,000 per IHL only. Till date, about one lakh applications for the construction of IHL, have been received. A target has been fixed to construct 86,000 IHL by October 2 and the state would achieve it. AS many as 14,800 IHL have already been constructed. The work for 56,526 IHL has already commenced. Efforts will be made to complete these latrines at the earliest.
The efforts would be made to declare all the cities Open Defecation Free by December 2017. Similarly, all cities would be declared Open Urination Free (ODF). It was informed that the state has divided all the 80 Urban Local Bodies in 15 clusters for setting up of Solid Waste Management Plants. The Request for Proposal for Waste-to-Energy has also been invited for Faridabad-Gurgaon Cluster and the department is in process of inviting RFP for another two towns of Karnal and Sonepat shortly. Anil Kumar said that 18 ULBs would be covered under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).
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