Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that 17 cities of the state are being developed as smart cities by the central and state governments. All the municipal bodies of the state can establish themselves as smart cities. The Urban Development Department and the Home Department should work together to develop 17 Municipal Corporations and Gautam Buddha Nagar as safe cities in the next six months.
Chief Minister Yogi expressed his views in a one-day workshop of newly elected mayors of municipal corporations, presidents of municipal councils and town panchayats at the Indira Gandhi Foundation. Congratulating all the newly elected mayors and presidents for their successful election, he said that the state government and other business organizations should work together to install CCTVs in the city.
This will increase the security of cities. Private institutions should install CCTV in their workplace and link it with ICCC and ITMS. Every municipal body should have an ICCC. While completing the work of traffic management and safe city through ICCC, declare at least 75 municipal bodies in all 75 districts as safe cities in 01 year. The newly elected public representatives should complete these tasks while providing leadership. Special arrangements should be made for the safety of women in our cities. Pink toilets, women’s help desk and other best arrangements should be ensured for women.
The Chief Minister said that by fixing 05 to 07 parameters like cleanliness, pure drinking water, good roads, safe city work, in the direction of self-reliance, decide their numbers by associating the municipal bodies with healthy competition. Municipal bodies coming in number 01 will join the competition of number 01 only after next 02 years. But the municipal body coming in number 01 will have to maintain its readiness, otherwise there will be minus marking.
The state government will give an additional Rs 1 crore in a year to the Nagar Panchayat which gets the first position by performing best in these parameters at the district level. Similarly, an additional Rs 0.2 crore will be given to the municipal council, which has performed best at the divisional level, and an additional Rs 10 crore will be given to the municipal corporation, which has performed best in these parameters at the state level. Along with this, the mayors, presidents, municipal commissioners and executive officers of these municipal bodies will also be honored in a function by the state government.
The Chief Minister said that the state government has arranged a budget for development works in the newly formed municipal bodies and new areas included in the municipal bodies. Development works should be completed in these new urban areas with a view to overall development. There should be no illegal encroachment anywhere in the land of the municipal bodies.
Development works like construction of houses for the poor, construction of taxi stands, rehabilitation of street vendors should be done in this type of land. Municipal bodies should use these lands for making multilevel parking etc. from commercial/business point of view, which will not only provide facilities to the people, but also increase the income of the municipal bodies.
Municipal bodies will be able to utilize this additional income for various development works by making a good action plan. Our Municipal Corporations, Municipal Councils and Nagar Panchayats should become self-sufficient.
The Chief Minister said that in order to make the urban bodies self-reliant and developed, the works will have to be implemented through teamwork. The Urban Development Department should increase the morale of the personnel while creating a dialogue and the department should ensure that the sanitation workers get the honorarium fixed by the government. Under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the Urban Development Department should connect every city with clean and healthy competition.
The Chief Minister said that it is not important for how long you worked, what is important is how much work you have done during your tenure. The people of the state have given an opportunity to the newly elected public representatives to serve. That’s why all the newly elected people’s representatives should execute the works of development, infrastructure, security and cleanliness of the cities with full talent, dedication, strength and energy and make the urban life of the state simple, easy, healthy and progressive. Urban life is a medium to strengthen the economy and achieve the goal of self-reliance.
In this workshop, all the newly elected public representatives got a chance to learn a lot, understand and interact with each other. Encourage good development works and innovation in your area. Provide additional incentives to the wards doing good work. Carry forward the works of welfare and development of the common man without healthy competition and discrimination. According to the intention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we will be able to establish all the urban bodies of the state as ideal urban bodies.
The Chief Minister said that Uttar Pradesh, the state with the largest population of the country, has the maximum number of municipal bodies. There are a total of 762 urban bodies in the state, which include 17 Municipal Corporations, 200 Municipal Councils and 545 Nagar Panchayats. Elections in all these 762 urban bodies were successfully completed in less than 35 days in 02 phases in a fair and peaceful manner. For this, he congratulated the administration, Uttar Pradesh Police and Urban Development Department.
The Chief Minister said that a new India is being built under the successful leadership of the Prime Minister. We all have to play our part in building this new India. by the central government
For the last 09 years, various development schemes are being implemented for the rejuvenation of urban life, due to which extensive positive changes are visible in the cities. Development works done in urban areas through various programs/schemes like Swachh Bharat Mission, Smart City Mission, AMRUT Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), PM Swanidhi Yojana, Ujala Yojana, Har Ghar Nal Yojana, pure drinking water, single use plastic ban are going
At present, Prime Minister’s houses have been provided to 54 lakh poor people in the state, out of which 17.5 lakh houses have been provided to poor people in urban areas. On the other hand, about 12 lakh street vendors have been provided interest-free loans by the bank under PM Swanidhi Yojana. Pure drinking water is being supplied to homes through the Har Ghar Nal Yojana. In the context of Har Ghar Nal Yojana, every city should prepare its action plan and work together for the conservation and management of water resources along with user charges.
Appreciating the work being done in the field of regular and timely cleanliness and waste management in the cities, the Chief Minister said that it is the responsibility of all of us to keep our cities clean. He asked the newly elected public representatives to give first priority to keeping the city clean. All mayors, chairpersons of municipal councils and town panchayats should constitute cleanliness committees in each ward and locality of their area. Regular meetings of this cleanliness committee should be held and cleanliness related works should also be reviewed regularly.
The Chief Minister said that before the year 2017, the street lights of the city were either not lit or were haphazard. After the year 2017, the state government installed LED street lights of the same color in urban and rural areas. Earlier halogen was used in street lights, which increased pollution by emitting excessive carbon. Due to the installation of these LED street lights, along with reduction in carbon emissions and pollution, electricity consumption has also decreased.
The Urban Development Department did not have to spend money on the installation of LED street lights in the cities and gave the responsibility of maintenance of these LED street lights to the executive bodies for 05 years. Funds were given to these working organizations from the savings in electricity. Street lights should be switched on regularly in all the cities of the state in the evening. On festivals and festivals, public places should be decorated through lighting.
Instructing the concerned officials, the Chief Minister said that before the monsoon, the cleanliness of the drains and drains of all the cities should be ensured. Regular fogging and spraying of other disinfectants should be done in the cities. Destitute cattle and stray animals roaming in the city should be protected. Night shelters should be operated in every municipal body for destitute and shelterless workers/people. Adequate security arrangements should be made in these night shelters along with separate living arrangements for men and women. Proper arrangements should be made for the treatment of sick persons and the elderly. Divyangjan should be benefited from the schemes of the government.
Earlier, the Chief Minister released the ‘Legacy Waste Management Toolkit Booklet’ of the Urban Development Department.
Urban Development Minister Arvind Kumar Sharma and Minister of State for Urban Development Rakesh Rathore Guru also addressed the workshop.
On this occasion, newly elected mayors of municipal corporations, chairpersons of municipal councils and town panchayats, chief secretary Durga Shankar Mishra, principal secretary to chief minister, home and information Sajay Prasad, principal secretary town development Amrit Abhijat, secretary town development Ranjan Kumar, municipal commissioner and Other senior officers including executive officers were present.