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Delhi Rural Development Board clears 159 schemes worth 36 cr

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New Delhi, May 03 (UNI) The Rural Development Board has approved 159 developmental schemes relating to rural areas in the national capital amounting to Rs 36 crore.

In a meeting convened under the Chairmanship of state Development Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan and attended by various MLAs, the board took major decisions to develop rural areas of outer Delhi.

MLAs expressed the concern that in almost every village there was a multipurpose community centre that was not being put to use because the amount charged for renting it by government was quite heavy.

The Board has decide to reduced the charge and the centres are now being made available to the general category people residing in villages for Rs 1100 and for the Scheduled Caste category for Rs 500.

MLA Mukesh Sharma raised the issue that there was an unequal growth in Delhi and some parts of they were were benefitting because of Commonwealth Games, But the rural areas had been neglected as no discipline of Games was slotted to be performed in these areas of outer Delhi.

Thus, it was unanimously decided by all members that since the government's resolve was to make Delhi a world class city inequality would be removed and there be comprehensive development of Delhi and some of the disciplines of games of Commonwealth should be shifted to the rural areas because of which infrastructural development of this part of Delhi would also be made.

MLA Vijay Jolly proposed that an MLA delegation should meet the Union Sports Minister to put up this demand and to press for its implementation.

The members of the board expressed concern that large chunks of gram sabha land in rural areas had been encroached. This being government land, board resolved that it should be made encroachment free and the entire stretch of gram sabha land should be demarcated and a boundary wall should be erected for its protection.

This would not only facilitate the public representative but also help other departments to put up various developmental schemes for their respective areas.

The board also resolved that the developmental schemes which were to be put up before the board should also include electrification of rural areas which could be done through high mast lights or through other systems like providing street lighting through halogen/mercury lights.

Members of the board expressed concern over. depletion of water bodies in rural areas on account of continuous flow of sewages of villages into these water bodies.

Board resolved that directions should be issued to Delhi Jal Board and the Revenue Department jointly to identify technology and the land for setting up of Mini Sewage Treatment Plants.

Divisional Commissioner and DJB officials informed that a Consultant had been appointed by Jal Board to conduct a feasibility study on this issue and he would submit his report within six months that would cover every village with respect to proper disposal of sewage.

On request of the board members it was resolved that Rural Development Board Meeting would be a monthly affair and followed by monitoring and review of various developmental schemes which had been approved.

Development Commissioner, Project Director Rural Development, Director (Panchayat) and senior officers from Municipal Corporation of Delhi, DJB and other different departments were present on the occasion.

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