Centre to take over development of Varanasi, releases Rs 200 cr
Varanasi: The Centre, not satisfied with the Uttar Pradesh government on implementation of developmental schemes in Prime Minister's constituency of Varanasi, has decided to get the work done by the Central agencies.
The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and National Building Construction Company (NBCC) will be roped in to conduct developmental work including repairing and renovation of ghats along Ganga river and an initial sum of Rs 200 crore is released for the purpose, the central team visiting Varnasi informed.
Union Urban Development Joint Secretary Praveen Prakash, on Tuesday, visited Kashi to inspect the conditions of the Ghats. While addressing media, Prakash stated that the Central government has ordered to set up a technical expert committee on Central, state and local level for development and beautification of the Kashi ghats.
Rupees 200 crores given to Varanasi constituency:
After a meeting with the administration officials, Praveen Prakash told media that the Central government has approved an amount of 200 crores for Varanasi under 'Bharat Hridaya yojana' and 'Amrit Yojna' schemes.
Central Government unhappy with slow progress:
- Central government seems unhappy with the state government over the slow development of Kashi. Prakash stated that the government has ordered the State development ministry to develop the city before the 'Developed cities survey' to be held in November.
- The government wants to present Kashi as development model for the state in upcoming Legislative Assembly elections and for that purpose, the responsibilities for the development of the city have been transferred to NTPC and NBCC under Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) to increase the pace of development in PM's constituency.
- The Central government has directed NTPC to take over the responsibility of 'Karsanda Garbage Plant' and the responsibility of Hriday Yojna scheme has been given to NBCC instead of the local development bodies.
- A meeting will be conducted by these bodies on every Monday to discuss the working and progress of development in the city.