Chennai, Aug 30: Amma ensures that she is always remembered by her people. So, in continuation with the 'Amma' brand culture, Jayalalithaa now plans for 500 Amma gyms and 500 Amma parks across the state.
In a suo motu statement in the Assembly, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said that 500 Amma parks will be set up at a cost of Rs 100 crore and 500 Amma gyms will be set up at a cost of Rs 50 crore. Both are intended to benefit the rural population. While the gyms can be used by the youth, the parks would benefit children and women. Moreover, the parks will have recreation facilities, walking paths and gym equipment.
1,000 anganwadi centres are also in the pipeline for the benefit of children and young and pregnant women in rural areas. These anganwadis will come at a cost of Rs 70 crore. Self help groups will also be offered loans to the tune of Rs 6,000 crore.
To create a green cover along the rural roads, 20 lakh saplings at a cost of Rs 195 crores will be planted over a span of 10,000 km. To save electricity and beautify the city, Rs 300 crore has been earmarked for converting about 8.22 lakh street lamps into LED lamps. For the renovation of 1,200 irrigational resources across the state, Rs 300 crore has been set aside.
About 68 lakh fruit-bearing saplings will be planted in government lands, government and private institutions, educational institutions. This would cost the state Rs 555 crore. The government has allocated Rs 800 crore for developing rural roads and upgrading 900 kilometer of it to bitumen roads.
Amma also announced construction of individual household latrines in 4,175 village panchayats under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and the Swachh Bharat scheme.