Special provisions for urban poor in housing projects: Tara Chand
JAMMU Exhorting officers to gear up activities for timely redressal of public grievances and time line completion of projects, Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Tara Chand said completion of urban development projects in a time bound manner is of utmost importance and coming up to the expectations of public should be endeavor of the officers.
In order to address urban infrastructure requirements the government has launched prestigious projects under JNNURM and other such schemes, it is duty of the officers to prioritize works for fast track completion these projects, he added.
He said special provisions have been kept in law for urban poor and now it is duty of all the concerned officers to make sure that only those projects are given clearances which incorporate these special provisions.
Deputy Chief Minister was chairing a high level meeting to review the ongoing projects under various scheme of Housing and Urban Development Department (H&UDD) here today.
Underscoring on the need to develop capital cities on the pattern of metropolitans, Mr. Tara Chand said addressing requirements of all sections of urban population is aim of the government and due care has been taken to make sure that those areas which are inhabited by poor population are also developed and better urban facilities are created in these slum areas also.
As per latest amendments in the municipal act, every housing project has to keep 20% provision for economically poor and now concerned officers have to make sure that projects keep provision for the urban poor population, he added.
The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary, Housing & Urban Development Department (H&UDD) Mr. Suresh Kumar, Vice-Chairman, JDA Ms Sarita Chouhan, Commissioner, JMC Mr. K.L. Khajuria, Managing Director, J&K Housing Board Mr. Kiran Wattal, CEO, JUDA Ms. Shubra Sharma and other senior officers of the department.
Taking review of the response of e-governance launched in the department, the Deputy Chief Minister said the project has enabled common public to get access to various services like building permission, birth/death certificates etc as well as register online complaints without visiting the concerned municipal office. He said common public has to be made aware of such online provisions and special media campaigns need to be done for the purpose.
The department has created its own website and people can now get access to services in JMC,SMC as well as other municipal bodies, thus making it possible to avail services while sitting at home in a transparent manner besides registering and checking status of their online complaints , he said.
Under Public Service Guarantee Act (PSGA) time for each set of services has been fixed and officers have to make sure that time schedule is strictly adhered and no relaxation would be allowed in the matter, he added.
Directing JMC authorities to ensure better traffic management in the city, Mr. Tara Chand said that need of the hour is explore options for creating new modernized parking spaces to clear city roads from unauthorized parking, adding that projects for constructing parking places at Panjtirthi, Town hall, parade ground and other such available sites have to be prepared, so that multi level parking facilities can be built.
Taking review of the Housing Board, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the board should come up with new feasible housing projects to address the growing housing needs of the public. He also directed for pacing up of the survey project undertaken by the board under Rajiv Gandhi Awaas Yojna for identifying permanent state residents living in different slum areas of various towns, so that the areas are developed with modern facilities.
Mr. Tara Chand said that no violation of master plan and other provisions of building guidelines would be tolerated and to check violations a committee of DC, Jammu and VC JDA has been framed. He said strict action would be taken against those violating the norms and proper action against the concerned officers would also be taken.
Calling for launching beautification drive in the city, the Deputy Chief Minister directed JMC and JDA to identify spots which can be developed as part of the drive so as to make the city more attractive for the inhabitants as wells as tourists.
Detailed review of activities of JUDA was also done and directions were passed to make sure that the trainees are given market oriented trainings and proper feedback of those who have successfully completed are taken to know the effective benefit people are getting from such employment generating schemes.
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