State government has set aside Rs. 1,774 crore for the development of eight municipal corporations of the states. Local bodies minister Chunni Lal Bhagat revealed this while talking to media persons here on Friday.
"More than 50% of this amount had already been released to municipal corporations and the balance amount would be released soon," he said revealing that, "937 crores for Amritsar, 396.89 crores for Jalandhar, 418.5 crores for Ludhiana, 235 crores from Bathinda, 118 crores for Patiala, 138 crores for Phagwara, 68 crores for Moga and 62.5 crores for Pathankot corporations had been allocated to ensure development at rapid pace."
"Besides this for Ajitgarh Corporation, the development would be carried out by Greater Mohali Area Development Authority," he added.
The minister, on this occasion, also revealed that keeping environmental issues in mind, the city buses in these cities being plied by corporation would be converted into CNG base.
"For this, department of local bodies had signed a Memorandum of understanding with GAIL (India) Limited, who had setup Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) depot in Jalandhar and Ludhiana," he said adding that, "after successful operations in these two cities, this project would be extended to other cities also."
The state government had also been working to install Solid waste management plants in all the major cities of state, the minister replied on a media query.
"The experts are looking into the technical faults emerging at Bathinda plant and hopefully, the snags would be removed in the under-construction solid waste management plant of Jalandhar," he said.
The department has also sought the suggestions from all the municipal councils and corporations for installing meters for domestic water connections.
"All the compiled suggestions would be put before cabinet and then the decision in this regard would be taken," he said.
Regarding implementation of property tax, the minister revealed that the same had been implemented with effect from November 15 in whole state.
Chief parliamentary secretary Som Nath, principal secretary Local Bodies Suresh Kumar, commissioner Jalandhar corporation Vinay Bublani and Jalandhar mayor Sunil Jyoti were among the prominent persons, present on the occasion.