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Development is top-priority: Mayawati

india Updated: Aug 06, 2009 01:57 IST

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Wednesday said that the top priority of her government is to provide basic amenities to urban poor.

She said that most of the urban poor belong to SC, Backward and poor people of Sarvasamaj and process of urban regeneration would not be possible without providing them basic amenities.

The Chief Minister who was reviewing the progress of various schemes being conducted by State Urban Development Authority for urban poor at a high level meeting held at her official residence in Lucknow on Wednesday, said that SUDA should provide basic amenities to urban poor and it should also make efforts to make them self-reliant.

She said that results of various schemes of SUDA have been good, which indicate that efforts of the government were bearing fruits.

During the review meeting it was pointed out that as many as 9.76 lakh people have benefited from facilities like-drains, sewage, drinking water supply and roads in the SC dominated slum areas by local bodies and Rs 9,904.03 lakh were spent by SUDA.

It was also informed that the urban poor living in seven cities of the state were being provided houses with basic facilities under the JNNURM.

The poor people living in Agra, Lucknow, Meerut, Mathura, Kanpur Nagar, Allahabad and Varanasi were being provided houses with basic amenities under the scheme.

As many as 68 projects costing Rs 2,341.38 crore have been sanctioned under this scheme, which would last till year 2012. Over 68,000 houses having basic amenities were constructed under this project.