The United Nation Habitat has cleared a grant of Rs 100 million to Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) with the aim to improve sanitation and health facilities in Pink City. A team of UN Habitat visited the JMC headquarters and met mayor Vishnu Lahta and commissioner Vijay Pal Singh before meeting Smart City, police and RICCO officials. This grant is seen as a hope for the cash-starved JMC where no new schemes have been passed in the last few months.
JMC additional commissioner Arun Garg said UN Habitat will partner JMC in urban development planning. “Financial grant is one aspect of this partnership. They will also provide their assistance and expertise in developing infrastructure. A representative of UN Habitat has also been appointed in the JMC who will guide us through the process,” said Garg.
He further added that the money would be utilised in the sewage treatment plant (STP), Delawas, and if needed its scope would be widened. “We are planning to develop a system to get clean water that can ultimately be supplied to farmers. This could be utilised by them for agriculture and would solve the problem of water crisis,” said Garg.
Sewage infrastructure in the city is trembling especially in the Walled City area. The lines laid down over there have become outdated and complaints of pipeline leaks are being registered frequently. Sewage lines gets choked up in many areas and people say that government has done little to improve the situation.