355 villages to made Smart for Simhastha

Rs. 40 lakh to be provided on self-taxation of Rs. 20 lakh

Mr. Bhargava at workshop on “Smart village-smart Panchayat” at Ujjain

Bhopal, October 1, 2015 (Ataullah Faizan):  In view of Simhastha-2016, as many as 357 villages around Ujjain will be developed as Smart Villages so that pilgrims have feel-good experience while passing through them. This was stated by Panchayats and Rural Development Minister Mr. Gopal Bhargava at a workshop on “Smart Village-Smart Panchayat” at Ujjain today.   Mr. Bhargava said that under self-taxation scheme, a Panchayat will be given Rs. 40 lakh on taxation of Rs. 20 lakh. He said that the people of the selected villages should resolve to keep villages addiction-free, away from social evils, open-area defecation and avoid disputes and discords.  These villages should themselves undertake development works under various government schemes to carve identity as Smart Villages.

These include infrastructure development, buildings of school, Anganwadi, Panchayat, passenger waiting room, sub-health centre, sports ground, piped water scheme, internal CC roads, solid-liquid waste management system, plantation, Haat-Bazaar in Gram Panchayat and fair price shop. Mukhyamantri Aawas Mission should be implemented to construct pucca houses, wi-fi arrangement should be made as far as possible by strengthening internet and communication facilities. These villages should have beautiful signboards and milestones etc. All houses in the villages should be painted with same colour and there should be adequate arrangements for streetlight.

ACS Mrs. Aruna Sharma informed that Smart Villages will welcome pilgrims to Simhastha with the spirit of “Guest is God”. This will carve a good image in the country and abroad. All basic facilities will be provided in these villages. All houses there will be pucca with toilet, piped water, connectivity with roads etc. These villages will also have school, Anganwadi, Panchayat buildings. She informed that there will be post office and bank within 5 km radius of every such village.

She informed that organic and unorganic waste will be segregated under solid-liquid waste management in these villages. Plastic waste will be purchased at Rs. 18 per kg, which will be used in road construction. MP Dr. Chintamani Malviya, MLAs Dr. Mohan Yadav, Mr. Dilip Singh Shekhawat, Mr. Anil Firojia, Mr. Satish Malviya and Mr. Bahadur Singh Chouhan and Zila Panchayat President Mr. Mahesh Parmar attended the workshop.