An integrated action plan for development of civic infrastructure, including hi-tech water purifier system, proper drainage facilities and cleanliness, is being planned by state government for cities and towns while the proposed ‘Arpa Project’ would give a new life to the city of Bilaspur, minister for urban administration and health Amar Agrawal said.
“Arpa is my dream project for Bilaspur. Master plan worth Rs 2500 has already been formulated. The project would give Bilaspur a new life,” he told .
Agrawal, who represents Bilaspur in state assembly, said as per the proposal, both sides of Arpa River would have a modern market with all amenities. “Seven ‘anikuts’ will bring water to the river, enabling water supply to the entire region. He sought to dispel doubts that the project would require land acquisition, saying that the land required would be taken from river banks.”
Talking about his department’s plan to formulate an integrated action plan for the development of municipal areas across the state, Agrawal said “We have already carried out works for development of basic infrastructure and the next step is to upgrade it to the next level in cities and towns.”
“The idea is to bring in world-class-facilities to the state’s cities and towns, with an investment of more than Rs 5000 crore through global bidding,” he said.
In order to overcome this problem, he said, state government had already implemented a special grant scheme under which Rs 1000 crore has been specially earmarked for meeting the expenses. He pointed out adding that Chhattisgarh was the first state in the country to take such a step to strengthen the financial position of municipal bodies.
“We have taken many initiatives like Sanjivani Express, Mahtari Express to provide speedy medical attention to the needy. We are all set to launch a new facility of toll free medical assistance call centre that would suggest medicines over telephone for seasonal illness like cough, cold and fever. Some of our model schemes have been adopted by the centre,” he added.
Regarding shortage of teaching and non-teaching staff in medical colleges, health minister said that efforts are made to overcome the problem, particularly in medical colleges at Jagdalpur, Raigarh and Ambikapur. About complaints of corruption in health department, he said that an independent medical purchasing department has already been set up, as it has been observed that medical equipment purchases in the past have been a source of corruption. He claimed that the new set up would help contain corrupt practices in purchases by the health department.