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Delhi to provide 6.22 lakh water connections in two years

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The Delhi Government will provide water connections to 6.22 lakh households in the next two years under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).

Currently, 23.78 lakh households which accounts for 58 per cent of the total 41 lakh households have water connections. In the next two years, the Delhi government aims to increase this number to 73 per cent under AMRUT.

The government will also enhance the sewage connectivity from the present 57 per cent to 65 per cent under AMRUT.

The three Municipal Corporations of Delhi will become Open Defecation Free (ODF) by March next year.

These announcements were made in a high level review meeting which was chaired by the Minister for Urban Development and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation M Venkaiah  Naidu.

Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Delhi’s Urban Development Minister Satyendra Jain attended this review meet.

Naidu requested LG of Delhi to clear issues so that clearance for forest and ridge lands can be acquired in time. He also requested to provide proper water supply to unauthorised colonies in the city.

Ministry of Urban Development has approved an investment of Rs 802 crore for the five-year period of 2015-20.

Naidu also asked the Delhi Government and municipal bodies to focus on solid waste management and segregation of municipal waste at source.

Delhi Government also informed that only three of 201 individual household toilets for which demand has so far been received have been so far built besides 11,138 of the 22,891 community and public toilet seats required.

Naidu also urged Delhi Development Authority and Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board to act fast so that construction of houses can be completed by 2022.

NDMC has been asked to speed up execution of its smart city plan with focus on projects like smart roads and smart parking, pedestrianisation of Connaught Place etc.

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