Lucknow, Aug 6(UNI) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today laid the foundation of several development projects worth over Rs 250 crore in the twin cities of Mathura and Vrindavan.
Addressing a gathering at her official residence here, the Chief Minister said no other government in the past had taken care of the plight of the pilgrims and the people of Mathura and Vrindavan.
Mayawati said the twin cities had not been developed even after its historical, religious and cultural importance in the country with pilgrims facing all types of problems in reaching temples and other religious places.
''BSP government was committed for the development of the urban areas and after the completion of the first phase of projects in Mathura and Vrindavan, for which foundation was laid today, pilgrims would witness better basic facilities during their visits,'' she added.
She said all the projects would be completed in a time frame and mostly within a year. She has also asked the state tourism department to prepare a masterplan for attracting tourists in the Brij region within 3 month time and to include the renowned Punnu mela of Mathura in the state festival calender.
The government had also set up a committee headed by the District Magistrate of Mathura to monitor all the developmental projects in the region for its timely completion.
She said her government had given much focus for urban development and already sanctioned Rs 4000 crore for the sewege, drinking water, street lights, roads and other facilities in all the cities of the state.
The Chief Minister said the development projects in the twin cities was mooted by State Advisory Council Chairman Satish Chandra Mishra, who personally visited the cities to get the glimpse of what projects were required there.
The main projects taken by the government in the Krishna Janambhoomi were construction of railway overbridge on meter guage line(Rs 230 crore), project under Ganga pollution control of Govardhan (Rs 22.71 crore), construction of a bridge on river Yamuna at KC Ghat (Rs 20 crore), renovation of different roads in Vrindavan (Rs 94.55 crore) and setting up a power sub-station and 25 km 132 KVA transmission line from Maat (Rs 38.82 crore).
The foundation stone was laid for construction of infrastructural amenities in 19 wards of Vrindavan (Rs 11.25 crore), construction of a Mahila Ashray Sadan(Rs 2.31 crore), 100 bedded hospital at Vrindavan (Rs 14.12 crore), 408 dwellings for the urban poor (Rs 12.46 crore), upliftment of SC/ST areas (Rs 1.08 crore), renovation of Radhakund-Shyamkund (Rs 1.78 crore) and construction of parking sheds for the vehicles (Rs 2.5 crore).
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