Haryana upgrading village facilities

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Chandigarh, Aug 16 (UNI) The Haryana government has adopted a comprehensive approach to upgrade the facilities like street roads, drains and other amenities in the villages of the state.

A sum of about Rs 650 crore had been allocated for pavement of streets in villages of the state up to July 2008, Haryana Chief Parliamentary Secretary Dharambir Singh said today.

He said the present state government under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had taken a number of initiatives to improve the quality of life in rural areas.

As many as 98 villages were being developed as Model Villages with an outlay of about Rs 425 crore. In these villages, pucca streets, drains, sports stadia and other amenities would be provided.

He said during the current financial year, a special programme had been launched with an outlay of Rs 92.95 crore to upgrade the infrastructure facilities in villages having Scheduled Castes (SC) population more than 50 per cent.

With the objective to boost the sports activities in the rural areas, Mr Dharambir said as many as 160 Sports Stadia with a cost of about Rs 50 lakh each were being constructed.

He said facilities like athletic track, football/hockey ground, multi purpose hall for indoor games and other facilities would be provided in these stadia.

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