Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday approved Rs 8,745-crore total urban revamp plan to upgrade civic services in all 142 cities of Punjab on an integrated turnkey basis.
The plan includes that in each town, a single agency will lay the all civic amenities and also maintain them for 10 to 15 years. The deputy CM approved the plan in a high-level meeting with the local government minister, Chunni Lal Bhagat, and forests minister Surjit Kumar Jyani.
In the meeting, Sukhbir asked the principal secretary of the local government to stagger the development of 142 cities over five years and let one agency execute all civic works related to sewerage, water supply, internal roads, streetlights, and the maintenance of parks. He said that overbridges within the city and traffic engineering works would be completed by the same agency.
"The execution of all urban renewal projects by one agency will bring synergy in the urban development work and made accountability simpler," the deputy CM added. Focusing on setting a time frame for the execution of the project, Sukhbir suggested the appointment of a special mission director for this task.
The ministers and bureaucrats decided to bring 162 services under the e-governance programme to be able to offer time-bound service to citizens.
Suresh Kumar, principal secretary, local bodies department; and Manvesh Singh Sidhu and Ajay Kumar Mahajan, special principal secretaries to the deputy CM, were present.
What it needs
Rs 980 crore for covering 100% urban area under water supply (at present, 88% of urban areas in the state receive water supply)
Rs 2,759 crore to complete the remaining 37% sewerage work in the cities
Rs 2,300 crore for sewage treatment plants
Rs 1,476 crore for roads and parks
Rs 730 crore for slum development and housing
Rs 500 crore for firefighting services
Rs 564.66 crore for making cities free of slums.