Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Thursday launched projects of about Rs 4,000 crore for development of five cities, including Lucknow and Ayodhya-Faizabad.
"For all round development of Lucknow, Meerut, Allahabad, Kanpur-Bithoor and Ayodhya-Faizabad and to ensure that basic facilities reach the poor living in urban areas, the government is launching projects of Rs 4,000 crore," Mayawati told reporters here.
The proposed infrastructure development programmes would include those on road, power, drinking water, drainage, transport and traffic. The government had launched Rs 2,600- crore projects for Agra, Varanasi, Mathura-Vrindavan and Kannauj last year.
"The objective behind launching these projects is to preserve the cultural and historic heritage of these cities and ensure development from tourism point of view," she added.
She said while better amenities would be provided under upcoming housing schemes, poor infrastructure in existing ones would be improved." Such programmes would be extended to other cities also.