Under Smart Cities Mission, two cities in Haryana – Karnal and Faridabad – have identified 60 projects worth Rs 2,342 crore that are currently under DPR/tendering stage. These projects include rejuvenation of Badhkal lake and Barahi pound in Faridabad. Once implemented, it will help improve the environment and also provide leisure facilities.
That said, under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Haryana has a target of providing 2.74 lakh new tap connections by the end of mission period, thereby providing water connections to the entire urban population. Around 80,000 connections have already been provided. About 23 per cent of the approved action plan is directed towards water supply and 53 per cent towards sewerage.
Under the mission, contracts worth Rs 722 crore have been awarded and projects worth Rs 86 crore are at the tendering stage. The State was urged to complete DPRs for projects worth Rs 1,358 crore.
Ahead in Swachh Bharat Mission
Haryana is a certified open-defecation state (ODF) and needs to be lauded for this achievement. The State has achieved 100 per cent door-to-door collection in 966 wards out of its 1,475 wards. However, the State is processing only 3 per cent of the waste generated. The State needs to take steps to process all the waste being produced. Execution of the waste-to-energy and waste to compost plants under execution may be expedited.
Not far behind in PMAY too
A demand for about 3.5 lakh houses in the 80 statutory towns in the State under PMAY has been indicated. Total investment envisaged is Rs 1,743crore with central assistance amounting to Rs 375 crore. About 85 projects have been sanctioned for construction of 24,980 houses. However, only 720 houses (1 per cent) of these have been grounded.
Under Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme of PMAY (Urban), 1,016 beneficiaries have availed an interest subsidy of Rs 18.92 crore. The State has submitted proposals to cover 27 per cent of its demand so far. It has been requested to fast track proposals for at least 60,000 houses to saturate 50 per cent of its demand by 2017-18. Further, no proposals have been received under In-situ Slum Rehabilitation (ISSR) component despite huge potential from 3.3 lakh slum households (Census 2011). The State has to expedite grounding of the sanctioned houses and fast-track proposals for additional demands.