Development authorities to come up in Uttarakhand hill districts
The Uttarakhand government plans to set up district development authorities in hill areas of the state on the lines of those existing in the plain districts of Dehradun, Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar and Nainitaldehradun Updated: Oct 21, 2017 20:34 IST
The Uttarakhand government plans to set up district development authorities in hill areas of the state on the lines of those existing at plain districts of Dehradun, Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital.
It is the second major such plan of the Trivendra Singh Rawat-led BJP government which formed Village Development and Migration Commission for keeping a check on migration from the hills and for working to
bring development in rural areas.
Urban development minister Madan Kaushik said a four-member committee of ministers has reached a consensus on the matter and a proposal is likely to be brought before the state cabinet soon.
“Uttarakhand has witnessed unplanned development over the years. To set that right, we are planning to constitute district development authorities in all the nine hill districts as well apart from existing development authorities in the plain districts,” Kaushik told Hindustan Times. “It will also help in preventing overlap of work undertaken within a district due to the presence of multiple development agencies”
Underlining the long-term plan, Kaushik asserted the government wants to keep a single development authority for all the 13 districts that will function as an umbrella body to supervise development activities in the entire state.
But an activist contended that introducing such authorities alone was not enough to serve the purpose of planned development in the hills. “There are several factors marring development of hill areas which include problems related to infrastructure, education, health facilities and employment opportunities. They have to be taken care of as a whole,” said Mahesh Negi, an activist based in Tehri district.
Notably, the Uttarakhand Housing and Urban Development Authority (UHUDA) has already planned to undertake large-scale satellite mapping of all urban areas of the state, after which dedicated master plans will be prepared based on geographic information system (GIS) maps for carrying out planned development in those areas.