Madhya Pradesh: In Shajapur, PMAY houses named after daughters – ET RealEstate

INDORE: Taking ‘Beti Bachao – Beti Padhao’ campaign forward, Shajapur administration has started naming houses constructed under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY, Rural). As many as 1000 such houses of various villages of Shajapur district have been painted, beautified and named after girl child of the family in the last ten days.

“Thousand houses have been named after the girl child of the family. The initiative has increased the sacredness of these houses,” said chief minister office (CMO) in a tweet on Thursday. “The initiative taken up by the residents of Shajapur to respect and empower our girl child is laudable,” it added.

What struck the Shajapur administration to launch this initiative was innovative thinking of some officials, who decided to take use of residential units constructed under the PMAY (rural) scheme in different villages to generate awareness about welfare services intended for girls.

Shajapur zila panchayat authorities said that they have converged the PMAY (Rural) scheme with the government’s ‘Beti Bachao – Beti Padhao’ campaign of the government of India, and claimed that the initiative would be the first of its kind in the country.

Chief executive officer of zilla panchayat Misha Singh said that it is already a government mandate to make ownership of a PMAY unit especially in rural areas in the name of a female member of the family.

“This has become more important to give the fair sex its due, and we thought about how to give prominence to girl child, and came out with this idea of naming the houses after the girls,” said Singh while speaking to TOI.

They approached villagers with a girl child in their family through village sarpanchs, and convinced them into naming their houses after their girl child. The CEO pointed out that they used limited funds made available by the ministry of women and child development for the IEC (information, education, communication) activities to get the house cleaned up, beautified and named after the girl child of the respective families.

“We are targeting to cover at least 4000 residential units constructed under PMAY (rural) last year under this initiative,” she added.

Santosh Singh, a resident of Jamner Janpad Panchayat, who has named his house as ‘Monika Niwas’ after his ten-year-old daughter after he was approached by officials, said, “I decided to name my house after my daughter. Both are close to my heart, and I feel proud about naming the house after my daughter.”

Shajapur collector Dinesh Jain said that the administration’s emphasis is on empowerment of women by focusing on their health, education and financial upliftment.

“Many steps are being taken including that putting a check on child marriages, identifying haemoglobin level of the women between 15 to 49 years of age and providing them required nutrition-rich food supplement to eradicate anaemia and also giving them chance to earn their livelihood by educating them about farming and helping getting loans for self-employment,” he said.

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Process of land acquisition for Bhopal metro begins – ET RealEstate

BHOPAL: District administration has set into motion the plan for swift acquisition of land for Bhopal metro rail project.

It includes land under possession of 18 different government departments along with private properties.

Direct allotment of land will take place for metro rail to speed up the process of land transfer. It is expected to be handed over to Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MPMRCL) in the next two months, according to sources.

In 2019, MPMRCL had issued notifications to acquire land for the construction of the Bhopal metro rail project. Property owners along the metro rail phase-I route, starting from Arera Hills to AIIMS, Bhopal and along Purple route, AIIMS to Karond, are expected to be intimated soon. MPMRCL will pay compensation for the acquired land, said sources.

District administration officials are expected to handover detailed reports identifying obstacles.

A large portion of land to be acquired is from government departments.

The report will be submitted to the government. After getting the directives, removal of obstacles and land equitation would take place.

In a pre-emptive move, heavy machinery has been shifted on the route from AIIMS to Karond. In the first phase, obstacles from AIIMS to Subhash Nagar will be removed. A detailed survey report for the proposed metro station and shopping complex near Roshanpura intersection is also likely to be submitted in the coming days.

Pul Bogda is expected to be a technical and land acquisition challenge for the administration. Meetings are expected to follow for metro stations for the Purple and Red Metro lines. Tendering for shifting of discom lines on the route is also to be undertaken by the agency. PWD and CPA have also issued NOC for construction on the route of AIIMS route.

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ADB approves $270 million for urban services improvement in Madhya Pradesh – ET RealEstate

MANILA: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a 270 million dollar (about Rs 1,988 crore) loan for the construction of water supply and integrated storm water and sewage management infrastructure in Madhya Pradesh.

The loan is an additional financing intended to scale up the scope of the Madhya Pradesh urban services improvement project which was approved in 2017 with a 275 million dollar loan.

It will expand the outcome of the current project by benefiting an additional 1.85 lakh households consisting of about 13 lakh people.

The project will receive support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, specifically for the integration of citywide inclusive sanitation principles into the planning, design, implementation, operation and maintenance of the sanitation sub-projects.

“ADB’s support is aligned with the vision of Madhya Pradesh state government to improve urban infrastructure services with universal coverage of piped water supply in all urban local bodies by 2025,” said Laxmi Sharma, ADB’s Urban Development Specialist for South Asia.

“Through inclusive water and sanitation services to the urban poor, the project will help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 or access to clean water and sanitation for all,” she said in a statement on Friday.

As in the previous loan, the project will support the continued institutional strengthening and capacity building of the Urban Development and Housing Department and Madhya Pradesh Urban Development Company Ltd.

The project will pilot an integrated urban development approach to improve urban service delivery and infrastructure of two urban local bodies.

ADB’s technical support will provide a significant model that can be used to replicate and scale up the enhancement of urban livability in other localities.

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Government providing financial help to build ‘pucca house’: Madhya Pradesh CM – ET RealEstate

ASHOK NAGAR: With an aim to eliminate all mud-brick houses from Madhya Pradesh by 2023, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday said that financial help is being provided to people for building ‘pucca houses’ by the government under various housing schemes.

“No house will remain Kutcha in the next three years in the state, financial help is being given to building pucca house by the government under the housing schemes,” a government statement quoted Chouhan as saying.

“Now, poor, labourers, farmers do not have to worry for anything in the state, the government is taking care of their needs. The Sambal Yojana has been re-started in the state, which is a security cover for poor. Through this scheme, various kinds of assistance are being made available to the poor,” he added.

Chouhan was addressing on the occasion of inauguration and foundation laying of development works in Rajpur of Ashok Nagar district. In the programme, he inaugurated and laid the foundation of development works costing total Rs 244.92 crore.

Member of Parliament Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jajpal Singh Jajji, Umesh Raghuvanshi, Collector Abhay Verma and others were present at the programme.

Stating that Ashok Nagar will be made Smart City, the Chief Minister announced for starting an Agriculture College from next year.

He further said that the state will be made Atmanirbhar (self-reliant).

“Chief Minister Chouhan has said that because of the COVID crisis, the economy of the state has been hit hard, but he will not let paucity of funds hinders people’s welfare and state’s development. If required, the government will undertake the works by obtaining a loan. The state will be made Atmanirbhar,” the statement read.

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