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Tuesday, 06 Mar 2018 | PNS | Kashipur-

All urban areas in Uttarakhand have been made Open Defecation Free (ODF) on the basis of the 2011 population census, claimed the State Urban Development and Housing minister Madan Kaushik. He said that the state has now achieved fourth position among ODF states in India. The minister said this at a function in which he unveiled various developmental works costing Rs 55 crore for Kashipur on Monday.

It is pertinent to mention here that the the rural areas of Uttarakhand had been declared ODF in 2017 with the state setting a target for ODF status in urban areas by March 2018. Kaushik said that the state had become the fourth Indian state to become ODF. To resolve the garbage problem, door to door collection of garbage is being facilitated in all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and in the near future the garbage disposal too will be facilitated in all the local bodies. He further said that with the assistance of Asian Development Bank works amounting to Rs 2,000 crore will be undertaken to strengthen the local bodies and provide basic facilities to the citizens. After the delimitation of ULBs, 2,000 Pariyavaran Mitra (sanitation workers) and 500 junior assistants will be recruited. Claiming that the state government is going beyond party politics to facilitate development, he said that the budget allocated to 92 ULBs in the state is about three times more than the budget allocated in past years. Of the 92 ULBs there are 50 ULBs that do have any any dues left to clear. Developmental works are being undertaken with all the funds being received by the local bodies, he averred.

The Bharatiya Janata Party state president Ajay Bhatt opined that all funds being received by ULBs are being used well. Kashipur Mayor Usha Chowdhari also addressed the gathering on the occasion. Public representatives and government officials apart from the local residents were also present on the occasion.

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