In the state capital, 88 new villages have been taken under the Lucknow Municipal Corporation for disbursement of its facilities. Very soon the villages outside the Gram Panchayat will fall under its purview. To streamline the providing of facilities to these villages like road-drain etc, the government will provide a set budget for development work. It is learnt that a letter to this effect will be sent this month to provide additional funds which will be duly made available by the State Finance Commission.
In an initial notification, the decision to include 88 villages in the Municipal Corporation was taken, but due to non-issue of de-notification from Panchayati Raj Department, these villages were lying unattended. In a recent letter issued, now it has been said that from November 1, 88 villages will be handed over to the municipal corporation. Basing future actions on this letter, the Municipal Corporation has started bringing the villages under its fold.
Meanwhile arrangements will be made to occupied land cleared. Even as scrutiny of the government land is currently underway, records are duly being colllated from tehsils. Media has quoted Municipal Corporation Tehsildar Savita Shukla who said that government land will be secured by fencing. Occupied land will be evacuated and marking of land has been started on the basis of records.
Foremost among the facilities will be a keen eye on cleanliness. Among the 88 villages that are being taken over by the Municipal Corporation are Kharagapur, Uttardhuna, Laulai, Bhithouli, Mirzapur, Gudamba. It will see a transformation at different levels including cleanliness, roads, drain, water, urban facilities etc. A survey is underway which will clear how much budget is needed. The survey work is in the final stages. The budget demand will be sent to the government by the end of this month. The overtaking of the villages is being done based on the letter of the Panchayati Raj. A demand letter will be sent to the State Finance Commission or the 15th Finance Commission to provide the budget soon.