Eco-friendly developement plans for 2,000 villages in Aurangabad

Aurangabad, Feb 12, 2014: In a bid to make villages sustainable, the Aurangabad divisional commissionorate for the first time has undertaken the task of making eco-friendly development plans for them in tune with the needs of villagers. According to the directives of divisional commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, 1,988 villages from the eight districts of the region have been selected for implementing the plans.

The scheme, dubbed 'Paryavaran santulit samrudh gram yojana', would include installing a sewage network, storm water drains, rainwater harvesting, harnessing renewable energy, conservation and protection of existing assets such as water bodies and forests. This is the first time that the scheme is being implemented in the region, after it was launched by the state in December 2010.

Deputy commissioner Suresh Bedmutha said, "Acting on the orders of the divisional commissioner, independent surveys by the circle office, the Panchayat Samiti and the Zilla Parishad were conducted. The committees checked whether the Sant Gadgebaba cleanliness drive had been implemented by these villages and also whether these villages have enforced a ban on plastic bags. Following which, 1,988 villages from the eight districts were included in the eco-friendly village development scheme."

Officials at the divisional commissionorate maintained that the gram panchayats will be given grants according to the population of the villages. A village with more than 10,000 population will be given Rs 10 lakh each year for three years while those with population from 7,001 to 10,000 will be given Rs 8 lakh. Those having 5,001 to 7,000 people will get Rs 5 lakh, and those with 2,001 to 5,000 will get Rs 4 lakh. Villages with 1,001 to 2,000 population will get Rs 3 lakh and those with a population less than 1,000 will get Rs 2 lakh. (Source: Mohammed Akhef, TNN)

12-02-2014 | Posted by Admin