Tag: Union Housing and Urban Affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri

Capt Meets Centre’s Various Ministers,Get Assurance For Devp Of Pb

[New Delhi] Capt Meets Centre’s Various Ministers,Get Assurance For Development Of Pb
The Centre will initiate work on the infrastructure development of Sultanpur Lodhi as proposed by the Punjab Government at the earliest,
Chief Minister Of Punjab Capt Amarindeer Singh Met Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri And Fm Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday.
and pressed for early approval for the Rs 321 crore infrastructure development projects proposed by the state government for Sultanpur Lodhi town. The town holds historical significance due to its association with Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji, whose 550th Prakash Purb is being celebrated this year.
The Union Minister Puri told mediapersons that he would ensure maximum flights from Punjab to cater to the demand for global travel. The Chief Minister said, in response to media queries after the meeting, that the union minister had promised to look into the state’s demands related to urban development and aviation.
To strengthen the state’s global connectivity, the Chief Minister sought inclusion of Chandigarh under the Open Skies Policy for ASEAN Countries, while asking for urgent review of the current policy of bilateral spots to facilitate more international flights out of Chandigarh, especially to Gulf countries and Turkey, thereby enabling greater connectivity with the rest of the world. He urged the minister to liberalise bilateral rights to enable the civil aviation sector to grow.
The Chief Minister also asked the Union Minister to consider the proposal to name Adampur Airport as Jalandhar Airport for easy booking of flights by tourists and NRIs. The Union Minister immediately instructed department officials to explore ways of making the change.
During the meeting, Puri raised the issue of implementation of the central government schemes, particularly Swacchhta Abhiyan and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, to which the chief minister assured of the state’s full cooperation. Captain Amarinder urged Puri to look at introduction of the latest technology for solid waste management to ensure implementation of the cleanliness drive more effectively.
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The Chief MinisterThe Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh meeting the Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, in New Delhi on June 28, 2019.

Center Directs Punjab To Expedite Work On Its Flagship Schemes

[Chd,Pb]Center Directs Punjab To Expedite Work On Its Flagship “Swachh Bharat Mission”
On Swachh Bharat Mission, State had aimed to declare the state ODF by October 2018.
Punjab was told to fast-track proposals under Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana.
Punjab was also told to improve solid waste processing in Amritsar which has been declared as heritage city.
“However, so far only 61 Urban Local Bodies out of 164 have been declared as ODF. The state has agreed to expedite
Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri reviewed the progress of the Centre’s flagship schemes —
Swachh Bharat Mission,
Smart Cities Mission,
Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana and
Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission — in Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory of Chandigarh.
Talking to reporters, Puri said urbanisation posed a formidable challenge.
,Punjab proposed to provide 4.6 lakh new house water connections under AMRUT – Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation.
On Smart Cities Mission, it was informed that detailed project report (DPR) of all three cities
Jalandhar and
Ludhiana in Punjab were under preparation.
“Thus 11 projects worth Rs 3,385 crore in Amritsar,
19 projects worth Rs 1,899 crore in Jalandhar and
19 projects worth Rs 1,898 crore are at the DPR stage,”

Tourists Paradise Smallest “Goa” Not open Defecation-Free

Tourists Paradise “Goa” Not open Defecation-Free
Goa is often projected as one of the most favoured destinations for foreign tourists, but none of its districts has been declared open defecation-free (ODF) under the government’s ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission launched over three years ago.
Goa recently Contributed Rs 1.9 Crores Towards PMNRF
45th International Film Festival of India was also arranged at Goa
The western coastal state, along with Bihar and Manipur, does not have a single district which has been declared ODF
However, what is striking is that Goa has only two districts while there are 38 districts in Bihar and nine in Manipur.
As one of the most well-known tourist destinations in the world, there is an urgent need to meet the challenge in the state.
Parmeswaran Iyer, secretary in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation said at a recently held press briefing.To accelerate the process, Iyer had rushed to Goa to find out the reasons and find a solution to make the state free of open defecation as soon as possible.
“Since the state has just two districts, north Goa and the south Goa, it should have been ODF by now. It is such a small state,”
Officials feel that though Goa is one of the smallest states in the country, the rocky terrain and low water levels make it difficult to have proper water supply. Hence in most rural areas, people are forced to defecate in the open.
According to them, ODF has also become an issue in most of the urbanised areas in Goa, especially at places with ongoing construction, due to uncontrolled and illegal leasing out of premises without toilet facilities to migrant labourers and families.
Official documents regarding Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural) on Goa show that SBM coverage is close to 77.84 per cent in North Goa, where as in South Goa it is 73.81 per cent.
Official data shows that overall SBM coverage in the state was 60.59 per cent in 2014, when the mission was launched, the state increased its coverage to 76.22 per cent in 2015-16 fiscal.
But since then, the per cent of coverage has not increased in the state.
The report also shows that though 28,637 toilets were built 2014, with 15.62 per cent households having the facility, but no records of number of new toilets, or ODF panchayats and villages had been notified since then.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had recently told the Centre that by this year Goa will be declared open defecation-free.
As per Union Housing and Urban Affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri “I was told by the Goa CM that the state will be hundred per cent open defecation-free by October 2018. I have no doubt that the state will achieve this goal,” after chairing meetings to review various urban development initiatives in Goa last month.
Other than Goa, Bihar and Manipur, there are other states like Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Puducherry figure low in the ODF list.
Arunachal Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Kerala and Union territories like Chandigarh and Daman and Diu top the list of ODF with close to 100 per cent coverage