Improved basic amenities to urban poor, Govt’s prime concern: Bhalla

JAMMU: Minister for Housing, Horticulture, Culture, Youth Services and Sports Mr. Raman Bhalla reiterated that the Government is committed to uplift the socio-economic status of the urban poor and slum dwellers in the state by developing colonies in Sunjwan, Bhagwati Nagar, Rajiv Nagar and Qasim Nagar under BSUP scheme.
The Minister said this while laying the foundation stone of approach steps to Bahu Fort-Qasim Nagar, crossing culvert over Barsati nallah and retaining wall of nallah at Qasim Nagar, to be completed by Urban Environmental Engineering Department (UEED) at an estimated cost of Rs. 10.6 lakh, here today.
Mr. Bhalla informed the people of Qasim Nagar that Government has earmarked Rs. two crore for construction of both side of nallah embankments from Qasim Nagar to Kalika Colony, adding that project is under progress on war-footing and would be completed within prescribed time frame.
Keeping in view ensuing rainy season, directions have been issued to UEED for construction of the protection walls in that areas where the Qasim Nagar inhabitants are residing. He said during rainy season previous year, the residents had to face lot due to flash floods as their domestic items were also washed away.
Responding to the locals demands for rehabilitation of poor in Sunjwan flats, Mr. Bhalla said that 256 flats in Sunjwan each comprising of two bed-rooms, kitchen, and bathroom are under progress, adding that after completion, the urban poor and slum dwellers would be accommodated there.
Regarding removing of debris from choked deep drain, surface drain and also from nallah, the Minister asked the JMC authorities to depute a team of safaikaramcharies to settle the problems related to unhygienic condition in the area. He warned the illegal occupants to vacate nallah land voluntarily otherwise face action.
Mr. Bhalla said that a comprehensive plan has been drawn for developing Jammu city as a model city through landscaping, beautification and anti-polythene drive. He said that government is working on a plan to decongest the city and create green atmosphere at all crowded sites.
Earlier, the Minister also laid foundation stones of two Multipurpose Community Halls at Sarwal and Qasim Nagar, to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. one crore. He asked the concerned executing agencies to complete the halls within stipulated time frame so that the people of the area could arrange their social as well as religious functions there on nominal charges.
For facilitating the people of Gorkha Nagar, Bazigar Basti, Rabi Dass Basti and Bahu Fort, the Minister informed that Government has already dedicated seven multipurpose community halls to the residents involving Rs. 3.5 crore. He called upon the people to protect public property in their respective areas, adding that the assets are totally for their use.
Mr. Bhalla informed that Government has launched various schemes to upgrade the socio-economic condition of the poor like Basic Services to Urban Poor (BSUP), Indira Awas Yojna (IAY) and Rajiv Awas Yojna (RAY). He called upon the people to avail the benefits of such schemes. He urged the Below Poverty Line State Subject houseless people to fill the form under BSUP scheme, adding that under the scheme, Government has provided Rs. 2.75 lakh to each houseless BPL family for construction of Pacca houses.
The Minister called upon the people to extend their cooperation to the Government in making every locality of the State with modern line facilities. He informed that there was no constraint of funds in meeting the development related issues of the people across the State.

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