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Friday, Sep 20, 2019

General VK Singh reviews work on metro links, road repair in Ghaziabad

Singh is a Union minister and the MP of Ghaziabad

noida Updated: May 20, 2017 21:51 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times/Ghaziabad
Singh expressed displeasure with the city’s poor Swachh rankings.
Singh expressed displeasure with the city’s poor Swachh rankings.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

Union minister and Ghaziabad MP General VK Singh on Saturday held a review meeting with government departments and reviewed various projects such as the metro and road repair work.

During the meeting, the officials of the public works department (PWD) revealed that the road repair work on nearly 30.5km, out of a total road network of 145km under the PWD jurisdiction in Ghaziabad, was taken up.

The officials said the remaining repair work will be completed by June 15, the deadline given by the state government for the project.

“The Union minister also expressed his unhappiness over the dismal rating of the city in the latest ‘Swachh Survekshan’ ranking released by the Ministry of Urban Development. He asked officials of the municipal corporation to make efforts to improve the city’s ranking in the next survey. He also asked officials to maintain the development work so that the city gets selected in the Centre’s ‘Smart City’ project ,” said mayor Ashu Verma, who was present during the meeting.

Ghaziabad city fared badly and came in at the 351st spot out of a total of 434 cities that took part in the cleanliness survey. In 2016, Ghaziabad had ranked 67th among the 73 cities that were surveyed.

Apart from the various civic infrastructure development work, Singh also sought a detailed report about the ongoing metro work for the 9.41km route and also a detailed project report for the metro extensions proposed from Indirapuram to Mohan Nagar and from Vaishali to Mohan Nagar.

The district magistrate also told the minister that nearly Rs140 crore in pending compensation to farmers was paid and expedited during the past 10 days.

The compensation was pending since the time of the last SP government. The compensation is meant for farmers whose land was acquired for the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, Eastern Peripheral Expressway and the dedicated freight corridor proposed in the NCR.

First Published: May 20, 2017 21:51 IST