From pruning trees to cleaning statues and building toilets for women — the Ministry of Urban Development has decided to beautify the capital after Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his intentions on the subject.
Though a routine job for civic agencies, it is for the first time that the UD ministry has convened a meeting of all stakeholders to come up with a beautification plan for the city. To begin with, various civic agencies will construct around 376 bio-digester toilets for women at public places, including markets.
The government has set a deadline of six months and launched an action plan promising enhancement of civic services and greenery in the capital through coordinated efforts of all agencies, including the New Delhi Municipal Council, the three municipal corporations, Central Public Works Department and Delhi Development Authority.
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Construction of bio-digester public toilets, conversion of Barapullah drain into a green zone, automatic washing machines at dhobi ghats, cleaning up of and provision of proper lighting in government buildings, and increasing the capacity of parking lots are some of the measures finalised at the marathon meeting attended by the top officials of all agencies concerned.
“We have finalised a detailed action plan to beautify the city and all agencies concerned have been given responsibilities to do it in a coordinated way,” Urban Development Secretary Sudhir Krishna said after the meeting.
“Delhi is beautiful and has a lot of greenery. But we want it to be more beautiful and green,” he said.
Asked about the time frame and the cost involved in the beautification drive, Krishna said, “It has been launched today and will take six months to complete. However, the drive will be reviewed every month.”
On the cost factor he said, “It does not require extra fund and the available resources will be utilised to meet the target.”
According to the plan, cleaning of market places will be carried out on a regular basis and all unauthorised roadside kiosks will be removed. “Steps will also be taken to construct porta cabins for security posts as part of the beautification drive,” Krishna said.
Currently, security posts are made using sand bags. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has been given responsibility to decongest and beautify the entry and exit to Metro stations.
Besides, it will also take steps to paint viaducts inside the station to improve the aesthetic look of the Metro premises.
Krishna also said clearance of garbage and construction waste will be done more promptly. UD Minister Venkaiah Naidu during a meeting with senior officials of the Ministry and CPWD last Friday had expressed concern over the condition of the capital and directed the officials concerned to spruce up the metropolis to make it a world-class city.